Daleia, 10, was beginning to struggle in school and socially. “It got to the point that it was affecting her schoolwork,” says her mother, Lorraine. “She had a very hard time making friends, so I decided to try some alternatives and signed her up for Big Brothers Big Sisters.”
Daleia was soon matched with her Big Sister, Desiree, and Daleia instantly thought that Desiree was funny, and she knew they would become great friends. Together, they do many different activities and even had a chance to attend Disney on Ice. “I’ve learned from Desiree that it is ok to try new things and have new experiences,” says Daleia.
Since they were matched in November 2016, both Lorraine and Desiree have seen incredible changes in Daleia’s personality. “Daleia can be shy and introverted, but I have seen her blossom into a very outgoing kid during this last year,” says Lorraine. “She is more confident and more willing to try different things. She is also willing to make more friends and interested in interacting with others more.” With all she has grown in just a year, having a Big Sister like Desiree will truly open new doors for Daleia that she never believed were even possible.