BBBSCI Class of 2020 – Deandra and Arika

Match: Little Sister Deandra and Big Sister Arika Held

Match Date: August 10, 2012

High School: Ben David High School

Little Sister Deandra and Big Sister Arika Held have been matched together for 8 years. Deandra is a 21st Century Scholar through the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and is planning to attend IU Bloomington after graduation where she plans to study Marketing and Business. Deandra decided she wanted to attend IU Bloomington after attending a campus visit through the Big Futures program at Big Brothers Big Sisters with Arika. Congratulations, Deandra!

When asked about their experience in our program, Little Sister Deandra shared that a favorite memory she has was when Big Sister Arika had her and her sister over for a surprise pool party for their 12th birthday. Deandra also shared that over the course of this relationship, Arika has helped her learn the power of her voice and how to use her voice for change. Arika currently lives in Bloomington, IN and shared that she can’t wait for Deandra to start school in the Fall and move to Bloomington. Arika said that her and Deandra have felt like family since the first day they started their relationship. 

Click below to listen to a note from BS Arika to LS Deandra!

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