Big Brother Hank is a senior in the Waxahachie Independent School District and has been matched with his little Brother Jon, a 4th grader, since the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. Both Hank and Jon are part of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Teen Big Initiative, a program that makes it possible for high school seniors to mentor students at a nearby elementary school during the school year.
On a typical day you will likely find Hank and Jon enjoying a competitive game of one-on-one basketball.
In an interview, Jon was quick to mention that his favorite thing to do with his big brother is play basketball, to which Hank added playing sports has been a great way for them to connect. Hank also noted that sports are a good motivator for Jon to complete his school work.
“Jon loves to play and is a hard worker,” Hank said. “He is always willing to get his work done in order to play.”
Hank feels, since being matched, Jon is doing a lot better in social studies and also seems happier.
When asked what inspired him to become a big brother, Hank responded by saying, “It was a chance to make a difference in someone else’s life.” He added that he was glad to “finally get a little brother—and a great one at that!”
Hank also went as far as to say his experience as a big brother has been a highlight of his senior year in high school.
“He might not know it, but Jon has changed me for the better and I am more than willing to be better for him,” Hank said.
The two agree that this match has provided them with an opportunity to develop a lasting friendship and they look forward to their time together each week.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program is about being a consistent friend to a child. Volunteers can participate in the School Based program (just one lunch period every week) or the Community Based program (visiting your Little Brother or Sister outside of the school setting a minimum of four hours per month). They also have Couples Matches and Family Matches. Contact Marni White at (972) 573-2364 or MWhite@bbbstx.org for more information on volunteering or to donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters.