BBBSCI Class of 2021: Jaida and Amanda

Match: Little Sister Jaida and Big Sister Amanda 
Match Date: April 16, 2012 
High School: Riverside High School

Little Sister Jaida and Big Sister Amanda have been matched together for 9 years. Jaida is planning to take a semester off after graduating from high school in the Spring and then plans to attend IUPUI to study Exercise Science. While Jaida and Amanda will miss being a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, they know that their relationship will continue well beyond our program. They are sisters for life! 

While the pandemic made it difficult for many of our matches to maintain their regular schedules of outings, Jaida and Amanda did a great job of maintaining contact with each other even when they couldn’t be together in person. This match has been used to communicating effectively over texting & calling since Jaida lived in Ft. Wayne for a period of their match, so they had a leg up coming into this difficult time of the pandemic. Despite the challenges, Jaida and Amanda had many fun outings together this year including getting their nails done together, getting dinners, and Amanda attending Jaida’s high school basketball games. 

When Big Sister Amanda was reflecting on how their relationship has evolved since they were first matched 9 years ago she shared, “Our friendship and trust has grown throughout the years into a relationship reminiscent of siblings. We have become sisters in the true sense of the word.” 

As Jaida is moving into this next chapter of her life, Amanda wants to leave her with this message, “Always do what feels right and be kind to people along the way. Keep sharing your big heart with the world. If you are happy, then you are right where you need to be. Know your worth! Keep your standards high and your morals present.”

Good luck with your next chapter in life, Jaida! We can’t wait to see all that you accomplish.

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