Meet Savannah & Karen, these two have 2 reasons to celebrate this month, it’s their one-year Match-A-Versary and they are our Match of the Month! This match loves to explore new things and spend time together. Savannah says that Karen is sweet, kind, and understanding. And Karen says she volunteered to give back but has found she gets as much from the relationship as she gives. We have loved watching this match learn and grow together and we can’t wait to see what they do next.
Savannah loves anime, and because of that she is curious about many aspects of a variety of Asian cultures, particularly their cuisine. Karen dove right into Savannah’s interest, taking her to try sushi on their very first outing. It has become a go-to activity for this match, finding new dishes and flavors to explore. Having a consistent partner to try new things with builds a young person's confidence to push past other boundaries, and see things from another point of view.
Karen likes to let Savannah take the lead. She listens to what Savannah is curious about or interested in, and let's that inform their chosen activities. This seemingly simple practice shows Savannah that her interests matter and have merit. When we asked Karen about future goals, she said she wanted to challenge Savannah to grow in some new directions, while still making space for Savannah to set the pace. This mindset both empowers Savannah to grow, and to feel like she has some control in the relationship. This gives her a safe space to both find and learn to trust her own voice.
As these two look towards starting their second year together they have a lot of growth goals, including spending some time working on school work together. As fun as trying new foods and shopping can be, they both recognize the need for balanced growth and building the skill sets that set Savannah up for success as she moves toward adulthood. Young people have big dreams, and it is our mission to equip them to achieve those goals. Congrats again to you both, on being Match of the Month! You make an awesome team and we are so proud of you.
Changing Lives-- One Story at a Time.