AU Students Boost Big Brother Big Sister

Thu, 2012-07-26 11:35 -- univcomm

Big Brother Big Sister is celebrating its 100th anniversary and hopes to serve one million "at risk" children by 2010. Several students at Anderson University's Falls School of Business are helping Big Brother Big Sister reach this goal by having Little Brothers and Sisters of their own. Sophomore Jaela Jones, 20, got involved with Big Brother Big Sister after meeting someone else in the program and seeing an advertisement on campus. Jones spends an average of three to four hours a week with her little sister. "[Many] weeks I take her to church with me, then we get some lunch and hang out," said Jones. "I'm teaching her how to sew right now. It is fun to see her get involved with activities we do together," she continued.

Senior Garri George, 21, spends time with his little brother, who is a high school freshman, playing video games or going to Campus Life or the movies.

"A lot of places, such as movie theatres, will either let us in for free or give us discounts since we are [with Big Brother]," said George. "For me, it is a real awakening to realize how far I am from the period of life my little bro's in," he continued.

Occasionally being a big brother or sister provides some humor according to Jones. "Whenever we go anywhere on campus people ask who [my little sister] is, and I say 'she's my little sister,' expecting them to know exactly what I'm talking about," said Jones. "We sort of look alike, so I have had to explain many times that I work with her through [Big Brother Big Sister]."

The oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the United States, Big Brother Big Sister served over 200,000 children ages 6 to 18 in 5,000 communities with one-on-one relationships in 2002.

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, nursing, education and theology.

— Writer Andrew Rosenberg is a student studying through the Falls School of Business at Anderson University.