Jerray is 13 years-old and her mother, Andrea, describes her as a happy and outgoing child. “I referred her to Big Brothers Big Sisters so she can have a role model and positive support,” says Andrea. Jerray was soon matched with Cyrena, who enjoys many of the same activities and hobbies as Jerray.
“My Big Sister is very helpful, I can tell her my problems and she is able to help me out with them,” says Jerray. “Cyrena always takes time to hang out with me. We both like watching movies, and my Big plays basketball with me. Once she even got me my own basketball.”
Cyrena hopes to inspire Jerray to attend college in the future, and credits her grandparents and school counselors as being instrumental to the success she has achieved. “I wanted to give back to my community. I am where I am because I had great influences, and not everyone has that, so we must pass it on.”
Since the two were matched in July 2016, the positive influence that Cyrena has had on Jerray is clear. “My favorite thing about being matched with Jerray has been helping get her out of her shell,” says Cyrena. Andrea has also seen the changes in her daughter, and knows that Cyrena truly cares about Jerray. “My Big has a great outlook on life,” says Jerray. “Cyrena is an amazing person. She is what I always needed for a Big Sister and she is the best!”