It all began when Tanaka, at age 5, moved to the United States from Zimbabwe. He had the challenge of learning a new language and culture, and soon after the emotional challenge of tragically losing his dad. When Tanaka was 7 his mother reached out to BBBS to try to match Tanaka with a Big Brother. She was concerned that these challenges would lead to poor performance in school and thought providing Tanaka with a mentor could make a big difference.
Soon after, Tanaka was matched with Bruce. They have now been matched for 10 years! In those 10 years they have done everything from camping trips to learning to ride the unicycle. Tanaka is now 17 years old and is graduating from high school with 60 college credit hours. Tanaka now has aspirations of getting his PhD in child psychology so he can help kids in the same way that he has been helped.