Little Brother Desmond and Big Brother Jay were matched when Desmond was ten. When he was first matched, Desmond was having trouble controlling his anger. The Big Brothers Big Sisters Match Support team matched Desmond with Jay because Jay has a calming demeanor and they knew he could help Desmond process situations and respond in appropriate ways. Jay and Desmond also have similar interests including sports.
Jay made his most profound impact on Desmond by simply being a positive role model and a friend who genuinely cares about him. Jay’s consistent presence has given Desmond stability and confidence.
Through Jay’s support, guidance, and friendship, Desmond has become a composed young man whose future is limitless. When asked if there was anything about the match relationship he would change, Desmond responded, “No, never!”