Big Sister of the Year Brianne and Little Sister CyCy's Story
(L-R- Big Sister of The Year Brianne King and Little Sister CyCy)
Big Sister Brianne King and Little Sister CyCy were matched six years ago when CyCy was 12. CyCy and her sisters had very recently been reunited with their mother after two years in foster care when she and Brianne were matched by BBBSPS. All the sisters were eager to meet Brianne and CyCy was the first to have a Big Sister. As a single mother, Angela simply did not have the capacity necessary to meet the needs of all five of her daughters.
When CyCy and Brianne were matched, CyCy lacked trust in adults and tried to push Brianne away. Over several years, by being very consistent with their weekly meetings, CyCy began to rely on Brianne and trust that she would be there for her. She learned that she was a priority in Brianne’s life.
Despite being a good student through the 7th grade, CyCy began to have trouble making it to school, and had friends who were influencing her into making some self-destructive choices. Getting the consistent message from Brianne and her mom that she was expected to succeed in life and at school, CyCy realized the need to make a change. CyCy decided to enroll in a military based school. While Brianne, a school administrator, didn’t initially agree with the choice, she always supported CyCy, staying in touch through letters and phone calls. Upon completion of her high school requirements Brianne was instrumental in helping CyCy explore the Skills Center where she is enrolled and will earn her Certified Nursing Assistant status upon completion.
For six years now CyCy has had Brianne in her corner, making a positive difference in her life. Before meeting Brianne, CyCy had never thought about attending college. Today, she is preparing to enroll in college in the fall to pursue her nursing career. She is also working part-time to help save money, a job she was offered after she and Brianne dropped off resumes during one of their outings. Big Brothers Big Sisters is very proud of Brianne and CyCy, our Big Sister and Little Sister of the Year!
Big Brother of the Year Eric and Little Brother Octavio's Story
(L-R- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound President and CEO Amy Mack, Little Brother Ovtavio and Big Brother of the Year Eric Olson)
When Eric and Octavio first met about 2 years ago one of the areas of focus mentioned by their case manager was Octavio’s need to improve his reading. Eric immediately made Octavio’s reading skills a priority. He worked with Octavio’s mother and talked with his school teacher to find ways to help him. One of the first things they did was write a book together (a copy of which is at your table) about activities the two of them had done. These activities and focus helped Octavio, now 9 Years old become engaged and excited about reading and writing. During the first year of the match Octavio and Eric read together, wrote a second book, and improved Octavio’s reading and writing comprehension by two grade levels!
Octavio became more confident in social settings as well. Large group settings had always been difficult for Octavio, but with Eric’s help they tackled this together. At a Bike-O-Rama event (where Littles could get a bicycle at no cost) Octavio, with Eric at his side, talked with strangers in an unfamiliar place, something he had been reluctant to do in the past.
Octavio positively impacted Eric’s life as well. Octavio was excited by a running challenge at school. Eric, not previously a runner, supported his Little Brother and they began to run together. As running partners they have now completed several fun runs and Eric credits Octavio with helping him start running and getting in better shape. Congratulations Eric, and Octavio for being our Big and Little Brothers of the Year! And special thanks to Karla (Octavio’s mom) for supporting them!