400 kids on waiting list for a "Big Brother" or "Big Sister"
BLUE ASH, Ohio (WKRC) – For more than a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters has excelled in being a friend.
Matching young children with adults in order to achieve success in school and in life has been the mission from day one.
Sadly, hundreds of children in the Greater Cincinnati area are waiting for the opportunity to get a match with a "Big Brother or Big Sister".
“We have over 400 kids on our wait list. That’s a pretty huge wait list for the greater Cincinnati region,” said Debbie Mollette of Big Brother Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati.
And they’ve capped the list at 400, dozens of kids are still waiting for the chance to get on that list.
“I feel like children are desperately seeking a role model, somebody to look up to,” said Mollette. “It makes me feel sad that we are not serving those kids, it makes me feel sad that they’re on the waiting list sitting there. They could age out, which means they could turn 18 years old and never have a big brother or big sister.”
Sasha Justice was lucky enough to find a match in 2011. The organization paired her with Charlene Jackson.
“She’s adorable, I just love her so much,” said Jackson. “From us hanging out, talking, doing things together all the time. It felt like we were just family. “
The two go to Kings Island together, they talk about boyfriends and they’ve even gone on a vacation together.
“We just hang out whenever, whenever we want, whenever we can. It’s not a weekend thing, an hour thing, not a day thing. We just do what we do,” said Jackson.
Fast forward seven years, Justice is a recent high school graduate of Sycamore High School and heading to college to study nursing.
“This match honestly has changed my life for the better,” said Justice. “I think that if you can you should volunteer or sign up for this program because you are changing people’s lives. The volunteers, the big brothers, the big sisters, they have a big impact and I wouldn’t be where I am today with her because she’s helped me with so much in my life.”