Homer Alaska - Opinion

Story last updated at 3:55 PM on Wednesday, January 4, 2012

'Littles' waiting for 'Big' matches; 'Bigs' see lives changed by 'Littles'

January is National Mentoring Month; it's a great time to get involved

I want a big brother because I want someone strong to help me do things. And I've been waiting a long time. I hope he can fish and make things and play Legos with me.



Little Brother waiting to be matched

Being a big is incredibly rewarding. I'm an only child, so becoming a Big has allowed me to experience what it would be like to have a sibling, while also being able to be a mentor. I go see my Little at school every week, and its fun to be involved in the learning experiences of the classroom.


Grant Arseneau

High School Big Brother

I joined BBBS last year because it sounded like a fun way to get my senior service hours. It has been a blast! It is a very rewarding experience to get the chance to make a positive impact in the life of someone younger than yourself. I think I've benefited from it just as much if not even more than my little sister.


Alaine Miller

High School Big Sister

Being a Big is so much fun. Getting to know my Little Sister as well as all the other kids in her class is so rewarding. My Little and I eat lunch and read together, as well as do other activities around town, like going to the Nutcracker. Our relationship is continuing to grow, and I'm really excited to see what it is like a year from now. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested, and it's a great way to be involved in your community.


Hanna Mikols

High School Big Sister

I have been a Big Sister in Homer for just about 9 months now. I met my Little when she was 11, and I was well aware that she was quickly approaching the "nothing and no one is cool" years ... ahhh, middle school! I recall my own experiences during these years — some of the toughest I can remember. I never had a positive female role model in my life or anyone that I felt comfortable asking about tough stuff, and I thought this might be a chance to re-live this period from the relative safety of my early thirties!

So far my Little and I have done all sorts of fun things together. We don't have those long, deep, meaning of life conversations I envisioned and that's actually just fine with me. For now, we're building our relationship and growing comfortable together while baking cookies, taking walks on the beach, seeing movies, or going to one of the awesome cultural events that's ALWAYS happening in Homer.

I have no idea if I'm truly making a difference in her life, but I know that I have benefited from meeting and getting to know this very special young lady. How else could I stay up on the latest Justin Bieber news?

Angela Agosta

Big Sister


The Homer Big Brothers Big Sisters program serves to bring together school-aged kids who could use a little one-on-one time, and adults who fulfill the role of both mentor and friend.

Speaking as a Big, it is a joy to watch my Little blossom as she gains self confidence and a better sense of what she can accomplish. The time we spend together is both fun and enriching for both of us.

Thanks so much to all the folks at Big Brothers Big Sisters for the work you do to make this wonderful program possible!

Jessica Ryan

Big Sister