BBBSMA 2023 Matches of the Year
Big Sarah, Little Abrill, Little Amir, & Big Brandon

ATLANTA – Big Brothers Big Sister of Metro Atlanta (BBBSMA) celebrates two volunteers who have made a significant difference in the lives of their Littles. The 2023 Bigs of the Year were chosen from over 1,300 mentor and mentee matches across 12 metro counties in recognition of their extraordinary commitment to their Little Brothers and Sisters (“Littles”). Littles and their families nominate their Big Brothers or Sisters for the honor and BBBSMA staff select a male and female winner. The Bigs of the Year were announced at our annual Big Appreciation event on February 23rd and will have an opportunity to be named as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s National Big Brother or Sister of the Year.

Big Sister of the Year Sarah Lopez & Little Sister of the Year Abrill

BBBSMA 2023 Matches of the Year
Big Sarah & Little Abrill

Big Sister Sarah and Little Sister Abrill have been matched for 3 years. In 2022, they participated in a featured segment at BBBSMA’s signature event, the Legacy Awards Gala. They were also selected to join Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens in the annual holiday tradition of lighting Macy’s Great Tree at Lenox Square. One reason Sarah chose to become a Big was a desire to help a young child who had immigrated to the US – as she had — to navigate the complicated process of college prep and application. In addition to their shared love of shopping and fashion, Sarah and Abrill work together to ensure Abrill is on track to achieve her academic dreams. Abrill’s mom says of Sarah, “She is very successful in her professional life, and committed to her position as a role model. As the daughter of immigrants herself, she knows the challenges Abrill will face. She is a Big Sister that Abrill can count on.”

Big Brother of the Year Brandon Jackson & Little Brother of the Year Amir

BBBSMA 2023 Matches of the Year
Big Brandon & Little Amir

Big Brother Brandon and Little Brother Amir have been matched for 11 years! The pair love cheering on the Atlanta Falcons, playing video games, and have a shared interest in cooking. Amir’s mother, Demetrea credits Brandon’s mentorship with helping her son unlock his potential academically and socially – inspiring his work ethic and expanding his interests. Prior to being matched with Brandon, Amir often struggled in class. “Brandon takes the time to tutor and help Amir with his schoolwork,” Demetrea shared, “Amir was able to make the honor roll, and earn an Academic Excellence medal in just about a year of being matched.” The bond that this match has cultivated over the years provided an important outlet for communication throughout the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Amir’s mother notes that her son has not only gained a Big Brother, but a little brother as well. Within a week of being matched back in 2012, Brandon’s son was born. Now, little Brandon always looks forward to seeing his “Big Brother,” Amir.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta’s one-to-one mentoring program works with volunteers, parents, and families to help create relationships that defend, inspire, and empower the potential that lives within every kid.
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