|Spotlight on Big Sister Chyncia |
After attending a brunch hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters with a coworker, Chyncia Smith felt the call to mentor. “I was looking for a way to give back, and after hearing testimonials, it seemed like it would be a great fit,” she said. In October 2009, Chyncia was matched with her Little Sister, Kennyah. While she was excited, Chyncia said that she was also nervous. “I didn’t have a car at the time,” she explained, “and I was nervous that my Little Sister would see what I lacked.” After realizing that what was important to Kennyah was being together, no matter what they did, Chyncia began to thrive in her role as a mentor.
During their match, Kennyah and Chyncia enjoyed many different activities, from visits to the Please Touch Museum in the beginning, and later trips to sporting events, Dave and Busters, and museums throughout Philadelphia. Out of all their outings, the ones that stand out to Chyncia are the times when she and Kennyah were just spending time together, whether they were walking around Philadelphia or hanging out and being outdoors at the Temple University track. “We would just talk and laugh about nothing in particular. Everything felt so natural,” said Chyncia. Whenever they were together, Chyncia and Kennyah regularly discussed things like school, staying focused on education, friends, and family life. As Kennyah got older, Chyncia always made a point to stay in the loop about which activities her Little Sister was involved in and who was in her circle of friends.
Chyncia described her mentoring experience as very rewarding. “It was humbling to go from meeting this person you never knew to eventually becoming like family, being invited to birthday parties and family events,” she shared. One of the most impactful parts of her experience was realizing that a special bond like the one Bigs and Littles can share takes time and patience to grow. She learned that love takes work and to enjoyed the journey she and her Little were on. Chyncia said that this new frame of mind has extended to her life outside of mentoring and has learned to be present wherever she finds herself. After her awesome experience, Chyncia said that she would “absolutely” recommend becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister through BBBS Independence Region to anyone looking to give back. “Being a Big was rewarding beyond my expectations,” she said.
Interested in becoming a Big and making a difference in a child’s life? Visit independencebigs.org/volunteer, call 215.790.9200, or email email@example.com.