The names of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta’s Bigs and Littles of the Year for 2021 were revealed last night during a virtual “Big Appreciation Night” on YouTube Live.
Big Brother & Little Brother of the Year: Jonathan Wortham and Little Brother Trevon
Big Sisters & Little Sister of the Year: Gloria Kilanko and Little Sister Aniyah
These individuals are nominated by one another, the Littles’ parents, and Match Support Specialists and represent the outstanding work that all of our volunteers do throughout the year. They are chosen from our nearly 1,800 volunteers across 12 metro counties in recognition of their extraordinary commitment to their Littles.
Big Sister Gloria Kilanko and Little Sister Aniyah have been matched for more than 6 years. Throughout this time, they’ve volunteered together on numerous occasions, something they’re both passionate about. In her nomination of Aniyah, Gloria shared that she has grown, learned to be patient and understanding, adding that she is partially the woman she is today because of the effect Aniyah has had on her life. Aniyah says that Gloria encourages her by showing support and being proud, which makes her want to do even better. It’s clear that these two make each other better, which is entirely the goal of a mentoring relationship.
Jonathan Wortham and his Little Brother Trevon have been matched for almost 5 years. Trevon shared that his Big encourages him to always overcome things no matter how hard they get – something that they experienced together on a tough hike on a camping trip, sharing in their accomplishment at the end. Jonathan, like many Bigs, believes that Trevon has made him a better man – more responsible and a better friend. They’re always down to try new things together (especially food) and have an incredible bond.
The event was co-hosted by BBBSATL’s Young Leaders Council, with the live, limited capacity, socially distanced portion of the evening’s program held at Inspire Brands headquarters in Atlanta. Emceeing the night with charm and wit, Vince “The Voice” Bailey – who you may recognize as the voice of the WNBA Atlanta Dream – introduced each of the inspiring winners.
Rookie of the Year – Jackie Matassa
Defender of Potential Award – Jennifer Lux
Big Challenge Award – Nichelle Evans
Champion of Potential Award – Khareem Evelyn
Big Impact Award – Thomas Jones
We’d like to thank our event sponsors, Delta Community Credit Union, Inspire Brands, and PK for making the celebration possible. We’d also like to recognize our in-kind sponsors, Bend & Jerry’s, Chick-fil-A, Doordash, FHLBank, and Nothing Bundt Cakes for their support.