Ivan Baugh, Pam Buzzetta, And Tara Kollenberg Are Making A "Big" Impact
Every person who volunteers as a Big in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana program is vital to the community – they act as a friend and important person in the life of a local child. And we know that one-to-one mentoring relationships can lead to better performance in school, improved self-esteem and less likelihood of drug and alcohol abuse, resulting in better schools and stronger communities. National Volunteer Week provides us a unique opportunity to highlight a few of our extraordinary Bigs and celebrate their service.
Big Brother Ivan Baugh
Ivan Baugh has been an outstanding Big Brother to his Little Brother Kyle since June 2005. As a retired teacher, Ivan knew he wanted to give back to the community in some way and decided that becoming a Big Brother was a great way to serve. After five years of being matched, he and Kyle are more than a Big and Little now, they are best friends. They enjoy working on trains together, attending Civil War reenactments and Ivan remains involved in Kyle's school activities and events. Kyle's mom has reported to BBBS that he has improved in all areas and credits Ivan's friendship for this wonderful progress in his life. Although many parents request a younger, energetic volunteer for their child, Marsha Jackson is extremely thankful for having a mature, patient and insightful Big Brother for her son.
Little Brother Kyle with Big Brother Ivan
Big Sister Pam Buzzetta
When Pam began her match with her Little Sister Nicole in 2008, Nicole was an extremely shy young lady with self esteem issues. She has a learning disability and was being teased a lot at school. Nicole became one of our Project Dream Littles. Project Dream is a new initiative at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana where our agency matches children with developmental disabilities with a caring adult mentor. Since Pam has been a constant fixture in Nicole's life, Nicole has become more outgoing in social settings and much more confident in herself. She has become very fond of reading and her attitude towards school has improved with Pam's guidance. Pam and Nicole plan to be life-long friends and are a great example of the positive power of the BBBS program.
Little Sister Nicole with Big Sister Pam
Big Sister Tara Kollenberg
Big Sister Tara was first matched with her Little, Stephanie, in our site-based program in 2006. At the time Stephanie was 8 yrs. old and in the third grade, and could be described as shy and easily embarrassed. From the very onset of the match Tara has been patient and understanding with Stephanie helping her to build her self esteem and confidence while holding her to a high standard and helping her to set realistic and attainable goals. In December 2008 the match made a successful transition to our community-based program. Tara remains consistent in Stephanie's life, mixing fun activities with educational outings. Stephanie's mother recently told BBBS that her daughter wants to pursue a career in nursing or education. She credits Tara's positive influence for Stephanie's new ambition and outgoing personality. Stephanie, no longer shy, enjoys singing, dancing and putting puppet shows on for Tara and her friends!
Little Sister Stephanie with Big Sister Tara
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