Northwest NEWS

June 25, 2001


Making a BIG difference, one child at a time

Once every quarter, we will be highlighting a Big and Little Match that have exemplified the true spirit of mentoring and what it means to make a difference in the life of a child. We hope you will find our stories inspiring and heart-warming.
   Jocelyn and Nikki are roommates, friends and Big Sisters. After giving it much thought they decided it was time to give back to the community. They chose to become Big Sisters through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of King and Pierce counties program. Jocelyn became a Big Sister because she decided "it was well worth the time to invest in a child's life;" for Nikki, it was because she "has a love of children." Both have found the experience to be very rewarding. Not only has it been a great learning experience, but they have also had a lot of fun! Nikki and Jocelyn recommend becoming a "Big" to everyone. They both agree, "Every child should have a mentor. It is a job that simply requires that you be a stable part of a child's life." Jocelyn leaves us with a quick story: "My Little Sister and I hadn't seen each other for a week and so when I pulled up to her house for the next outing, she came running out to greet me and gave me the biggest hug and said, 'I miss you.' That was all I had to hear to know that I was doing the right thing."
   Big Brothers Big Sisters of King and Pierce counties thanks Nikki, Jocelyn and all the other mentors for helping us make a big difference one child at a time. For more information about becoming a mentor or a Little in the Big Brother Big Sister program, visit our Web site at or call: (425) 415-0494.
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