Meet Andres & Johnny

Through two years in the School Friends program, Big Brother Andres and Little Brother Johnny developed a strong relationship. When Johnny entered high school, they transitioned to the Community-Based program, and their connection grew even deeper. Johnny’s parents noticed an improvement in his grades and dedication to school. They saw Johnny make smarter decisions about friends, and who he spent his time with. The evidence was clear–this relationship mattered.

The last couple of years introduced new challenges to the Match, but the small investments made over several years have given them a strong foundation to endure, together. When Andres’s career took him to Milwaukee, they continued to meet 2-3 times a month, despite the drive. And when the pandemic hit, they found new and enjoyable ways to connect virtually. Their relationship was strong when it was easy, and thanks to their commitment to each other, it became even stronger when it was hard. Because no matter the adversity, distance, and major life changes, Andres isn’t going anywhere.

How to Get Involved

Whether you get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a donor, potential Big Brother or Big Sister, partner, advocate, or family member, you have the power to change a child's future for the better.