Melvin is 16 years-old and is being raised by his mother, Talisha. Without a male role model in his life during his critical pre-teen years, Melvin was introduced to Big Brother Tony in June 2012, who was hoping that Big Brothers Big Sisters would provide him with a way to give back to the community and be a positive role model to a young person in need the way his older brother had been for him.
Melvin and Tony enjoy doing many things together, including attending footgolf tournaments, and even a ride on a sailboat where Melvin had the chance to get behind the wheel! “We do a number of things together,” says Tony. “But in my opinion just spending time together is enjoyable. It’s a wonderful experience and can help make a difference in a child’s life.”
Over the past five years, Tony has enjoyed watching Melvin grow into a polite and earnest young man, and looks forward to seeing firsthand his future success. “I hope that Melvin’s dreams come true,” says Tony. “And I hope that he will mentor a child someday when it’s his turn.”