BB/BS match - Nichelle & Iesha

February 14, 2007
Reported by Pam Dixon

It's been all fun and games since 13 year old Iesha met Nichelle Smith. The two met four years ago through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Iesha says "I don't have any younger siblings that live with me so I just wanted someone to hangout with. That's why I became a little sister." Nichelle says, "Over the past four years we've gotten to know each other and enjoy each other's company. We've really developed a close friendship."

For Nichelle and Iesha, it's a friendship that's worth the time and trouble. Iesha says, "I learned how to be more responsible and not as shy." Nichelle says, "I learned how to relax more and have a good time. Spending time with Iesha allows me the opportunity to be a kid again and just enjoy life."

And then there's that added benefit of hanging out with a happening kid. Iesha says, "We can hip y'all up." Translation? Iesha says, "Make them more cool. I make sure her hair is good, her outfit's fine and she's got the right shoes on."

All it takes is a couple of hours twice a month and you too can help a young child make the right moves. You don't have to spend a lot of money being a big brother or big sister. The program often provides free activities and a game room. If you would like to learn more about becoming a big brother or big sister, call 478-KIDS or click here.