Match: Little Sister Kiera and Big Sister Jamilah Scott
Match Date: April 13th, 2012
High School: Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School
Little Sister Kiera and Big Sister Jamilah Scott have been matched together for 9 years. Kiera will be graduating from Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School in the Spring and plans to attend a 4-year college next year to pursue her passion of becoming a doula or midwife. Kiera is planning to major in either Nursing or Biology and minor in either women’s studies or pre-medicine in order to achieve her dreams.
Kiera is also the recipient of a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana Be Big Scholarship. The scholarship is made possible through funding from the Ivy Tech Foundation. This scholarship can be used for room/board, textbooks, tuition, and other expenses incurred during their study. Congratulations!
Kiera and Jamilah have grown extremely close over the past 9 years and have both learned so much from each other through this relationship. Little Sister Kiera shared, “What I have gained from this match is that you should always be yourself, pursue any dreams, goals, and aspirations that you may have, and try new things. I will forever be grateful for this experience and relationship that I have developed. I will use this experience in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program to mentor other people who may not have role models in their lives. I have learned that it takes a village to raise a child and it would be great to mentor someone, watch them grow up to do great things in life, and to push them to be more adventurous.”
When Big Sister Jamilah was asked to reflect on her Little Sister and their time in the program, she shared, “Kiera is everything plus more of what I envisioned a mentoring relationship would be like. The positive relationship that we have been fortunate to establish through BBBS has not only impacted Kiera’s life, but everyone connected to her. She is easily a friend to all and passes down knowledge that she gained to her peer groups. She is a difference maker and thinking of her potential excites me as I know she will impact many.”
Despite the challenges of this year, Kiera and Jamilah were still able to have fun outings together such as going to Penn & Beech to make their own candles, exchanging Christmas gifts over lunch, or simply dropping food & gifts off at each other’s homes. We are so excited for this relationship to grow into the next chapter of their lives, and Jamilah is already planning her first trip to visit Kiera on campus in the Fall.
Good luck with all of your future endeavors, Kiera. We can’t wait to see all that you accomplish!