Isiah, 17, has been matched with his Big Brother Bill since April 2012. Together, they enjoy going to the movies, golfing and canoeing. Some of their fondest memories are the times they have spent visiting the snow to go sledding, or taking scuba diving lessons. “My favorite things about Isiah are that he is a great person, is willing to listen, has a good sense of humor and truly respects his hard-working single mom,” Bill says.
Isiah considers Bill to be a role model and looks up to him. “Bill knows a lot about everything going on in the world,” Isiah says. Bill has seen firsthand the need for children in our community to have a mentor during his 10 years as a social worker for a foster agency and 35 years as a Sacramento County Probation Officer. This experience helped guide him in encouraging Isiah to stay on a positive path, and in helping him grow up knowing the difference between right and wrong. “I once took Isiah on a tour of juvenile hall to let him know where poor choices can get you,” Bill says. “My hope for Isiah in the future is that he continues along this path, knows the importance of education, plans for college, is a good person, is mindful of making good choices, and continues to participate in his church and his sports.”
Since joining the program, both Isiah and Bill have grown in their relationship and in themselves. Isiah’s mom, Monica, notes that she has seen her son open up more because of the presence of his Big Brother, and Bill’s experience has encouraged him to share this mission with others. “You may not be able to make an impact on some of the negative aspects of what is going on in the world,” Bill says, “but your time and effort can make a significant impact on a young boy or girl’s life!”