Mia & Grace: Confidence Blossoms Through Friendship

February 2024

Mia, a shy 16-year-old, wasn't sure what to expect when she first met her Big, Grace. But over the past 2.5 years, their match has blossomed into a beautiful friendship that has transformed Mia's life.

Before Grace, Mia struggled with anxiety and making friends. But Grace saw her Little’s potential and patiently supported her journey. “She’s been there for me every time I was super anxious,” Mia shares, grateful for the unwavering support Grace offered through presentations, friendships, and even bullying situations.

This positive influence fueled Mia’s confidence. She blossomed into a leader, becoming one of the youngest BBBS Youth Ambassadors at 14! With her vision and leadership, Mia helped shape programs, empower other youth, and inspire them to use their voices.

Grace, a teacher, instilled valuable lessons in Mia, nurturing her work ethic, mental health awareness, and confidence. This support extended beyond Mia, as Grace’s passion for children shines through her teaching and mentorship.

Mia’s mother, Nintia, echoes the impact: “Grace is part of our family. We love how supportive she is.” She sees Grace as a role model, a source of new experiences, and a constant source of love and encouragement.

Their story resonates far beyond their match. Carmen, their Match Support Specialist, observes, “Grace has been great at supporting Mia through personal and educational challenges.” Mia’s growth inspires others, and as Carmen adds, “Having them continue to be part of BBBS is an opportunity to pass on future knowledge and resources to other matches.”

Mia and Grace’s incredible journey is a testament to the power of mentorship. Their story shines a light on the transformative impact of genuine connection, support, and shared growth. They are truly deserving of the “Match of the Year” title!

Every year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Michigan chooses two Matches in the mentoring program, as the Matches of the Year

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