Mentoring Real Life Stories: Add a Little Campaign’s Mike and Kenny
After being matched for 7 months, Big Brother Mike and Little Brother Kenny are more like friends than anything else. They have gotten into a comfortable ‘groove’, and spending time together is like hanging with an old pal. They have answered some of our questions, talked about their experience with the Add a Little Campaign, and Mike wants to know ‘What’s really stopping you’ from Adding a Little?
Watch Mike and Kenny in the Add A Little Campaign video:
Why did you decide to become a Big Brother?
I wanted to volunteer some of my time and give back to the community. I really enjoy spending time with kids, and I thought BBBSMB would be a great opportunity to really see a direct impact.
What is your favorite thing to do together?
We love to go to the movies! The seats at Assembly Row are super comfy…haha. We “add a little” excitement by getting froyo after! Sky Zone and surfing don’t hurt either.
How would you describe your relationship with your Little?
I feel like a real Big Brother. Our relationship is maybe more casual than most; I always think that if it wasn’t for BBBSMB bringing us together, we’d still be friends regardless. He’s so great.
If you could pick a favorite memory of your time together, what would it be?
My favorite memory is when we recently went to a Celtics game together. He was wearing an old Walker jersey and I was wearing a Rondo jersey. Kenny would scream his lungs out when OKC was taking foul shots which I found hilarious.
If you could describe your Little in one word, what would it be?
How has Adding a Little impacted you?
Our time together has been a really awesome experience. He has made me feel like I’m making a difference. I also feel like we’re going to be buddies for a long time, so I look forward to seeing where the friendship goes over the next couple of years.
How have you seen your relationship with your Little grow?
We’ve just developed a groove where we say what we’re feeling and do what sounds fun. It’s not obligatory. It’s voluntary. It’s something I really genuinely look forward to.
What would you say to other guys who are interested in Adding a Little, but aren’t quite sure it’s for them?
Every person needs to make that decision for themselves. I found myself sitting on my couch doing nothing, and wanting to do more for the community. If you have that feeling, then what’s really stopping you?
Currently, there are 800 boys waiting for a Big Brother. The Add a Little Campaign aims to show guys that Adding a Little can make a big impact on the life of a child and hopefully encourage more guys to volunteer. How did you both like being a part of the campaign?
It was an amazing experience. Neither of us have been to a photoshoot/video campaign and being part of it was surreal!
If you could describe your Big Brother in one word what would it be?
What is your favorite thing to do with your Big Brother?
Surfing, watch movies, doing the photoshoot – it was really fun!
Have you learned anything from your Big?
He taught me how to play tennis – I’m pretty good.
Have you changed at all since having a Big Brother?
Yeah, I really got to talk to him a lot and I trust him. It helps me be able to talk to other people a lot more, and talk to them about stuff that’s going on.
Would you recommend getting a Big Brother to other kids in Boston?
Yeah, I would. It makes everything fun. The things I would do with Mike are things I wouldn’t want to do by myself like go to the Museum of Science. He makes it fun for me.