When we first put a match together we do extensive interviews and home visits with Littles and Bigs so that we can make a thoughtful match where both the Bigs and Littles interests are taken into account.
Big Sister Melinda had experience riding horses and doing many types of outdoor activities. Ja’vion (an 8 year old third grader) was very excited about getting a Big and was hoping to have someone that would do fun things with him, help him learn new things and help him with his schoolwork.
Some of their favorite things to do together are miniature golfing, going to the the Toledo Imagination Station, the circus, zap zone, Hallloween at Greenfield Village and attending the U of M football game with donated tickets. Ja’vion said his favorite part of the football game was watching the marching band!
Very recently Big Brothers Big Sisters collaborated with Therapeutic Riding where many of our matches were able to groom horses and then ride them for the first time. It was perfect with Melinda’s horse riding background and Ja’vions eagerness to try new things. He was one of the youngest ones there but regardless he bravely rode a horse for the first time.