BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Dozens of children in the Birmingham area are in need of a loving mentor through the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program. This week, Jack Royer introduces us to a success story of the program: Troy and Joey.
Troy and Joey have been matched together for ten months. Before that, 9-year-old Joe was one of the dozens of children still on the waiting list for a mentor.
Joey says he enjoys the time he gets to spend with his big, Troy.
“When we go fishing and boating it’s always really funny and I always get most of the fist and he does not,” Joey said.
Mentors are asked to spend a few hours a month with their little to show them around town and help them have those experiences. Troy says the responsibility hasn’t been as difficult as he expected it to be.
“It’s been a lot of fun. It’s actually been a lot easier than I thought it was going to be,” Troy said. “I mean, cause you don’t have to do anything special. I thought you did, but you don’t. If you wanna work on a car, if you wanna cut the grass, if you wanna wash a dog – it’s whatever you do in your normal life, you can take your big or your little and do that with you.”
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham is in need of more mentors to help kids like Joey achieve their dreams. To learn more about becoming a mentor, click here.