In seeking the perfect match for Alex, the Big Brothers Big Sisters team met Seiro, 34, who grew up in Stockton and is a bank manager for Wells Fargo. As a child, Seiro’s mother was the biggest influence on his life and helped him through the adversity they faced as immigrants. After joining the military at the age of 18, Seiro had the opportunity to travel the world, see many different cultures and grow as a person. When he reflects on his childhood, Seiro fondly remembers his mother’s work as a teaching assistant and the impact that she has made on the lives of so many children. Seiro has always admired how open-minded children are, and was seeking a way to get involved with his community while helping children facing obstacles find success. Seeing so many children who did not have a strong support system inspired Seiro to volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters. His goal was to provide support to a child who needed it and encourage that child to be the best person they could be and to pursue an education and career.
Alex and Seiro have been matched for two and a half years and have truly become brothers! Seiro has led by example in teaching Alex the importance of education, and has taken Alex to Starbucks to work on homework and attended parent/teacher conferences with Shirley. Seiro always follows through in being there for his Little Brother to help him in any way that he can, even during the difficult period when Alex and his grandmother did not have a home or a vehicle. Having a Big Brother in his life has shaped the teenager Alex is growing up to be. “I’m proud that Alex shows continuous growth,” says Seiro. “It inspires me to hear that when he faces challenges he trusts me enough to share them with me. It also inspires me that when he faces adversity, he practices humility and allows himself to learn from his experience. Most importantly, my Little Bro is a cool dude!”