Tom's Story

From Little to Big

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I was both a little and a big brother. My father wasn’t able to be involved in my life and my big brother was able to be a good role model for me. I gained confidence and I was able to see that I was a capable person and able to make my own choices in life.

I’m an educator and I see kids every single day who could benefit from having a big brother or big sister, from having a mentor and a volunteer in their life. Someone who is not there to judge or their to teach them but is just there to be supportive of them and their interests.

If more people stepped up to the plate their lives and the lives of young people would be a lot better. It helped change my life in a very direct and meaningful way.

Partly funded by United Way of Greater PortlandBig Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine develops positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers, and others in the community, they help children realize their potential and build their futures.



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