(New Philadelphia, OH) – Big Brothers Big Sisters has named their Big of the Year and it’s Newsymom’s own Brittany Douglas! At the organization’s virtual annual Celebration of Potential banquet, Brittany and other Bigs, Littles, and families were honored.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 charitable organization with six paid employees and two types of mentoring programs: Community-based Mentoring and School-based Mentoring.
Brittany and her Little, Tianna, were matched eight years ago. In her nomination essay, Brittany said of her experience, “Being a Big and continuing to be in the program has been the easiest decision I’ve ever made because I’ve never felt the need to be this perfect person who has all the right answers and makes all the right decisions. I don’t believe that is what mentorship is about. Mentorship is about showing up.”
Brittany and Tianna consider one another family. Tianna was a bridesmaid in Brittany’s wedding, they frequently spend holidays together, and Tianna has assured Brittany that she’s “stuck with her” long after the Little turns 18.
As Ohio Big Sister of the Year, Douglas is nominated for National Big of the Year!
Other award winners from the virtual Celebration of Potential include:
Achievement Award: Little Hannah Trimble (Big Courtney Daniels)
Above and Beyond Award: The Family of Big Zach Denham (Little James Brown)
Advocacy Award: Get Level Podcast Network
School Partner of the Year: The Brown Local School District
Longest School-Based Match: Melissa Naylor and James Rockwell, and Michelle Catlett and Destiny Burkhart (Carrollton Exempted School District), together since the beginning of the 2016 school year.
Congratulations to all the award winners. Thank you for all that you do!
Check out Brittany and Tianna’s BBBS video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnKV1rtOpAE&feature=youtu.be.
Feeling inspired by these individuals and what Big Brothers Big Sisters stands for? Follow them on Facebook and Instagram. Take it one step further and tag a friend or become a Big Brother or Big Sister to help keep up the mission of defending potential for youth in our community. You can visit bigs4kids.com/volunteer or call 330-339-6916.