Success Story: Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo

Big Brother Lucas and Little Brother Anthony

Anthony knows his father lives in SLO County, but he has never met him. His mom, a pre-school teacher, hoped a Big Brother would teach him how to make friends and be more social. Big Brother Lucas made a positive impact on Anthony from the first moment they met. “This is how you shake hands,” he said, “give me a firm grip, stand up straight and look me in the eye like you mean it.”

From that moment on, Anthony has tried to imitate Lucas in every way. Anthony feels honored to be having such an influence. Whether they are talking to a waitress, volunteering at a beach clean-up or visiting the Big Brother’s office, Anthony always tries to show Lucas how to be considerate of others and proud of himself.

Just 7 months into the match, Anthony no longer gets in trouble for being disruptive in class. He is excelling in school, especially in Spanish, which he practices with his bilingual Big Brother. When Lucas picked Anthony up from study group the other day, he found him playing a board game with another student, instead of reading in the corner by himself as usual. Anthony explains, “When I’m not sure what to do in a situation, I just think of Lucas saying ‘This is how cowboys do it’ and then I try to do what he would do.”

*Names and identifying details have been changed to protect the identity of both the child and volunteer