Big Brother & Little Brother Match of the Year!

Meet our Georgia Match of the Year, Big Brother Karl and Little Brother Kene!

Nurturing Growth and Resilience: Big Brother Karl and Little Brother Kene

Karl and Kene have been matched for five years, with Karl’s dedication to youth mentoring extending well beyond their match’s duration. Karl is a devoted high school math teacher with Gwinnett County County Public Schools and has been involved with the BBBS program as a Big for over 19 years, serving as Big Brother to 3 Little Brothers.  

Karl says his experience of growing up without positive male role models fueled his determination to become the mentor he had yearned for during his formative years. From their initial meeting, Karl recognized Kene’s reserved nature and embraced the opportunity to nurture his growth and self-confidence. Karl has encouraged Kene to embrace his unique qualities and navigate the challenges of adolescence with resilience and determination.

Karl and Kene’s Journey at the Thanksgiving Parade

In 2023, Karl and Kene were selected from a nationwide talent search to participate in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City. Karl’s and Kene’s families were in attendance to cheer them on, as they joined 29 other Big/Little matches caroling on the “Singing Christmas Tree” float.

The experience was impactful for Kene, an aspiring music producer who plays several instruments. “I believe I wouldn’t be the leader I am today without Karl as my Big,” Kene reflected, “The guidance and mentorship I’ve received have played a crucial role in shaping my character and instilling leadership qualities.”