Fourteen-year-old Little Brother Xavier was matched with his Big Brother Aaron 2018.  Xavier was looking for a mentor to help him with homework and to have someone to talk to about life.  He and Aaron had an immediate connection and developed a close relationship.  “We are like minded, have a good connection, and we see each other as friends,” said Aaron.  “We never have an awkward interaction.”

Xavier and Aaron like to play basketball, visit the library, have dinner together, attend REACH activities, and just spend time together.  Xavier appreciates the time he spends with his Big Brother.  “He’s cool and somebody I can talk to,” said Xavier.  “Even when we are in the middle of something fun, out of nowhere he will start talking about life lessons and real-world things.”

Aaron is a supportive role model to Xavier.  In their two years together, Xavier has started participating in many extracurricular activities and has greatly improved his grades in school.  Xavier’s mother has seen a change in her son since being matched with Aaron.  “I believe he came along at a time when Xavier really needed it most,” she shared.

Xavier and Aaron’s relationship is built on a strong foundation of consistency, communication, friendship, and mutual respect.  With Aaron in his corner, Xavier will continue to build his confidence and become a well-rounded young man who is ready to take on his future.

Aaron and Xavier describe their match in their own words: