David is 15 years-old, and is growing up with his mother, Catherine, who describes him as quiet and reserved, but very sensitive and gifted. David did not have the presence of his father or a male role model in his life, so Catherine referred him to Big Brothers Big Sisters. In August 2014, David was matched with his Big Brother Jim, who was looking to be the kind of impactful mentor to a child that his football coach was to him growing up.
David and Jim are both big sports fans and enjoy playing or watching sports together. They like to go golfing or visit Top Golf, and go to Sacramento Kings basketball games. They also spend their free time watching movies and finding places to eat that have delicious cheeseburgers! “David is easy-going,” says Jim. “He’s open to trying anything. He’s a positive person with a great outlook on life.”
As David navigates what can often be difficult teenage years, he always considers the lessons he has learned from his Big Brother and knows that Jim will consistently be there to support him. “He is the most kind soul in the world,” says David. “From Jim, I have learned how to be a man.”
Catherine says that her son has grown more confident in the years that Jim has been a steady presence in his life, and Jim looks forward to watching all that David continues to accomplish. “My hope for David’s future is that he finds his passion, and maintains his perseverance and self-confidence,” says Jim. “With his positive attitude and kind heart he will be an example his peers will look to emulate. Your Little will mentor you as much as you mentor them. Getting to know David has helped to make me a better father, friend and husband.”