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Mike & Devon

Mike & Devon

    Philadelphia County, PA

Big Brother Mike met Little Brother Devon in January of 2012 when Devon was 16. Matched through the Vanguard Beyond School Walls workplace mentoring program, Devon was a shy and quiet high school freshman who was nervous to talk to others. He signed up because he thought it would “increase his chances to succeed in life.”

The pair hit it off from the start. Devon confided in Mike about the challenges of growing up in a dangerous neighborhood and not feeling safe outside of his home. During his junior year, Devon tragically lost his brother due to violence and police negligence. It was important for Devon to have someone outside of his family, school and community to rely on and talk to about the incident. Devon struggled with his grief, but credited his Big Brother with helping him get through it.

Since meeting his Big, Devon said he has finally found someone who is interested in him and supports him no matter what the circumstance.  Deitre, Devon’s mother, sees that “he is more confident…the program encourages him to be who he really is.”

“[My son, Devon] is more confident…the program encourages him to be who he really is.”

Devon, now 19, is a freshman at Temple University.  He has a bright future ahead, and his relationship with Mike continues to grow. Devon is working on a novel and shares chapters with Mike via email on a regular basis. He has even gained enough confidence to begin sharing his work with others.

Donor support allows Big Brothers Big Sisters staff to create and support mentoring relationships, like Devon and Mike’s. Relationships that produce measurable, positive results. 98% of Littles have no arrests or convictions, and 85% are sure they will go on to college, thanks to their relationship with their Bigs.

Your support gives us the tools to make life-changing relationships.

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