Hazel's Story - Big Brothers Big Sisters or Erie, Niagara and the Southern Tier

As we celebrate the start of Women’s History Month, we are happy to share Hazel’s story! Once a Little Sister, Hazel’s experience with her Big Sister inspired her to give back and become a Big Sister herself.

“When I first became a Little Sister in Dayton, Ohio back in 1994, I remember being so excited to have someone who would take me to Applebee’s! Little did I know, my Big Sister Alisha had a few other plans for us including roller skating, walking in the park, and pet therapy at a local nursing home. She became the first adult who was truly my friend.”

Hazel’s experience with her Big Sister inspired her to join the program on the other side and give back but this time, as a Big Sister.

“When I became an adult, I knew I wanted to follow in her footsteps and become a Big Sister to another little boy or girl in my community. The experience of being a friend to a young person is transformative for everyone involved. It has been a gift to witness my Little Sister Angelina grow into a strong and ambitious young woman, from 13 to 20 years old! And just as my Big Sister is still a big part of my life decades later, I hope to be in Angelina’s life for as long as she’ll let me!”

We celebrate all of our incredible Big Sisters, like Hazel, who are empowering Little Sisters every day to achieve their brightest futures!

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