Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, specifically the mentor2.0 program, has had a profound impact on my life. I am able to take the things I have learned during my journey of becoming an adult and pass down that information to someone who is just beginning his own journey. The biggest thing I have been able to take away from the program is how valuable a role we mentors/Bigs play in these children’s lives. I can see the excitement on my mentee’s face every time we meet, and it is something I look forward to each month.
I was matched with my mentee Hector in September of 2017, and met him for the first time in October 2017. Throughout the nine months that we have been matched, I feel like we have made a great connection and built the foundation for a great relationship to come for the remaining three years of Hector’s high school career. While our interactions are mostly structured through the mentor2.0 program, we have been able to have valuable conversations and connect on a personal level through our mutual love for video games and sports. We can laugh and discuss our opinions on recent news regarding video games and sports, specifically boxing. Being a part of Hector’s journey helps to remind me of when I was going through high school which only helps enhance this experience. Our relationship is only nine months old, but we have laid the foundation to continue to build on it, and I can’t wait to see where we’ll be once Hector graduates high school.
-Mentor2.0 Mentor, Raymon Martinez
Note from Mark Searle, Program Coordinator
Raymon and Hector are a strong match. At the beginning of the year, Hector was eager to be matched and kept asking about a mentor until he was matched with Raymon. They complete lessons on time, communicate via the Conversations platform, and they consistently clear their schedules to make their monthly face-to-face meetings a priority.
In 2018, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado is turning 100 years old and celebrating 100 years of mentoring in Colorado! We will be sharing 100 stories to commemorate our 100 years of history. These stories will highlight the value and importance of mentoring in the lives of current and alumni Littles, Bigs, families, and community partners. Check out our blog each week to view the next story in the series. If you have a story you would like to share, please visit our story collection portal at: https://form.jotform.com/73046559388166.