Creating impactful bonds is the heart of what BBBS accomplishes. Jesse, a student at Brattleboro Union High School visits his Little Brother, Trevor at Oak Grove Elementary School every week after school. Their bond of friendship is leading to great things in Trevor's life.
From the start, the pair really took to each other. They can be found on the basketball court playing a game or enjoying piggy-back races. They have also shared some “great” experiences at the BBBS events such as ice fishing and skiing that have brought them closer together. Despite summer and a school trip abroad, the two have been able to stay close. Jesse not only shows Trevor how to have good fun, he also shows him how to be respectful and models good behavior. Trevor regards Jesse with great appreciation, “It feels like he’s really my brother because he treats me like a brother should.”
The BBBS Program brings together elementary and high school students from around the county. The bonds and relationships for both “Big” and “Little” can have dramatic impact on their lives, from improved grades to social acceptance. Trevor attributes his involvement with Jesse with having more friends. As he puts it: “Having one special friend brings more friendships”. Spending time with someone who really cares about you can turn your week around, and be the start of great things. “Jesse really cares about me. I feel like I am part of something!”
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“My daughter was just thrilled about her first meeting with her Big Sister. She came home with her BBBS sticker plastered across her chest and telling us all very loudly how great it was.”
–Mom of a 1st grader
Green Street School, Brattleboro