BBBSNH alumni move on to the next chapter
When Little Sister Jenny met Deborah Limoges a decade ago,
she remembers instantly feeling comfortable with her new Big Sister.
Jenny was seven, and her family was going through some
transition. Deb was friendly and fun – she loved animals, biking, hiking, arts
“We met and talked and they took this Polaroid picture of us
that we still have,” Jenny said recently, laughing.
In mid-June, Deb watched from the audience as Jenny crossed
the stage at her high school graduation clad in a forest green cap and gown, a New
Hampshire scholar medal around her neck, clutching her diploma.
“I am beyond proud
and excited for her,” Deb recently wrote of her Little Sister. “Jenny has grown
into an amazing young lady.
“I'm kind of sad to see her go, but so happy she can. She
has earned and fought for everything in her life.”
Jenny will be attending the University of Southern Maine in
the fall on scholarship. She plans to study English, with a goal of becoming a
She is just one of several BBBSNH Little Brothers and Little
Sisters who graduated this year from high school, and from the youth mentoring
program, which provides youth ages 6-18 with caring adult mentors.
Another recent graduate, Jacob, was also matched with his
Big Brother Joe for 10 years. While matched, the two volunteered at many BBBS
events, including recording a PSA for Bowl for Kids’ Sake, auctioneering at the
Big Bash, and manning the booth at the Stiletto Sprint.
Jacob is going to the Universal Technical Institute of
Massachusetts in Norwood for an intensive mechanical program, with dreams of
becoming a specialized mechanic for Porsche.
“I could not be prouder of how hard he has worked to get
here,” Joe recently wrote of Jacob. “We have had some great experiences with (BBBSNH).”
The first class of alumni of the BBBSNH’s Mentors in
Training (MIT) program in Nashua also graduated from Nashua North and South
high schools this spring. As Mentors in Training, Allison and Gaby took
leadership classes from fifth grade through high school, and served as mentors
to younger children at the Amherst Street School’s 21st Century after-school
Gaby, who has an interest in cars and motors, is now working
as a mechanic and Allison plans to attend Suffolk University this fall.
And while graduation also means an official end to the
mentoring match relationship through BBBSNH, the friendships made in the
program leave an indelible mark on the Bigs and Littles. For many, it’s just
the beginning of a life-long friendship with their mentors that crosses into
For Jenny, having Deb in her life for the past 10 years
helped her gain confidence and independence, she said.
“I used to be kind of a person who depended on other people
a lot, and Deb showed me how to be more comfortable on my own,” she said. “I
think because she’s a very independent person and watching and listening to her
talk about it taught me how.”
Deb and Jenny plan to remain in touch while Jenny is away at
Deb said she is grateful for the mentoring program that
brought them together: “Jenny and I will never forget what it was like to be a
part of this organization.”
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BBBSNH Announces Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year 2017
NH- April 26, 2017 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of New
Hampshire is proud to announce the 2017 Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year. Big Brother of the Year is Geoffrey Eichhorn,
of Manchester, and Big Sister of the Year is Joanna Kelley, of Portsmouth.
out that this match could not have been more perfect,” says Eichhorn. “(My Little Brother) Michael and I have spent
the past three years building an inseparable relationship. I soon realized how
much we had in common – our love of games, amusement parks, hiking, food. This
young man brings out the child in me, and for that I am forever grateful.
“My goal is to help shape Michael into the amazing man I
know he is destined to be. Whether we are running around a playground or
quietly working on math homework, our time together is memorable and precious. I soon figured out that it’s not where we go or
what we do, but that we are spending time together that matters to Michael.”
“The satisfaction I
got from being a Little Sister was one that I knew I had to reciprocate,” says
Kelley, who was a Little Sister herself in the program when she was young.
“Being lucky enough to be introduced to the good in life, there was nothing I
wanted more than to show the youth their worth as well.
Little Sister is one of the most remarkable individuals I have ever met- so
full of spirit and life! I never knew that an 11-year-old could make me feel so
radiant and alive. My time with Jade has changed my life in more ways than I
could have ever dream… the second
I met her I knew that life was not going to be the same for either of us.”
We’ve talked about “how in life, being afraid only means you
are doing something that has value to you. That anything is worth trying for,
that failing only made me get out there and keep trying and ultimately helped
me succeed, and that if she did not keep (working hard toward her goals), she
would never know her true worth.”
Eichhorn, “I strongly encourage everyone with a few free hours a month, and a
generous heart full of kindness, to become a Big Brother or Big Sister,” continues
Eichhorn. “It has opened my world and changed my life for the better... Trust
me, there is no other program around that promotes the positive results of
mentoring like Big Brothers Big Sisters.”
For more information on how you can become a Big Brother or
Big Sister or to enroll your child: www.bbbsnh.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 1-844-NH4-BIGS.
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