Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee is the largest Wisconsin affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the national leader in youth mentoring. In our School-based Mentoring Program, a Big Brother/Big Sister volunteer shares one-on-one activities with a child and provides support, guidance and, most important, friendship. Our volunteers are asked to commit to seeing their “Little” each week during the academic school year least two years.
Volunteers like Johannah Rice, junior at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, make a difference in our community by helping a child in need reach their full potential. Rice began her relationship with her Little Sister, Zariea in November 2012 at Keefe Avenue School. Zariea is a sixth grader who loves art, playing board games and cheerleading. Rice is committed to maintaining her relationship with Zariea, and to celebrate their one-year anniversary together, she made a poster with positive messages on how they will have great times together in the future and how she wants to stay in her life.
Rice has been a great asset to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee. She has created positive opportunities for her Little Sister by spending time with her on a weekly basis; helping learn and experience new things and opening her world to new possibilities. Rice and Zariea also share a common love of the arts and after they complete Zariea’s homework, they spend a lot of their time creating pictures and jewelry. No matter the activity, these two will always be caught chatting and laughing. Rice has done a great job relating to her Little Sister and now they are great friends.