Big Brothers Big Sisters program needs your help
OMAHA,Neb(FOX42KPTM)-The Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Midlands are now in need of some help.
There are 115 kids without mentors, and now they're trying to spread the word to the community.
One big brother says being a mentor is not only fun but life-changing. It’s a friendship, a bond and a brotherly love.
“I have so much fun with Terrell,” P.S Simelane said of his little brother. “He's a nice person to be around. We laugh. We play games."
Simelane joined the Big Brothers and Little Sisters program in February.
Once he met Terrell, he knew it was meant to be.
"I'm always looking forward to having fun with Terrell," he said.
But the relationship goes deeper for Simelane.
"A lot of people have given to me. Mainly, I wanted to give back to the community."
Growing up, he had mentors who looked out for him.
"Just having that time to spend with them inspired me. ‘Oh, this is possible!’ It made me believe things in life are possible. I wouldn't be who I am if I didn't have positive role models."
Now, he has one goal: to return the favor.
"I hope I can be an example in somebody else's life and help that young person, whoever that may be, in accomplishing his goals in life."
Although Terrell is lucky to have Simelane, there are still 115 children in the program without mentors.
"The majority of those are boys," said Jim Frederick, director of marketing and recruitment. "Having that mentorship or having that positive adult in your life to be able to share those experiences, to someone rooting for your or have that friend is very important for kids."
Frederick says by helping one child, you're helping an entire community.
"You're not only having that one-on-one impact with the child, but you're having that one on one impact with the community," Frederick said.
Simelane says there are a lot of young men, like Terrell, who need role models.
Terrell is certainly thankful for his. He said, "The friends at my house are not as cool as him. I taught him how to do things that I usually do and he taught me things that I didn't know."
Simelane says you can make an impact even without giving money.
"You can just give with your time and change someone's life," he said.
If you would like to help you can contact Jim Frederick at 402-504-4719