2016 Bigs of the Year Winners

Out of thousands of mentors, two are chosen by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as the top mentors each year. At its National Conference in Orlando, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America announced the 2016 Big Brother of the Year and Big Sister of the Year. 

2016 Big Brother of the Year

Big Brother Sabin

BBBS of Greater Los Angeles

2016’s Big Brother of the Year, Sabin, has been matched with his Little Brother, Lawrence, for three years. In that time, Sabin has helped Lawrence see that by staying away from gangs and violence, he can have a better life. “Before, I thought I was stuck. Now I see that there is a chance for me to own my own business and be successful,” Lawrence says. Now, Big Brother Sabin is a successful entrepreneur and even a recent “Shark Tank” winner, but he grew up in similar circumstances as Lawrence and was also guided by his own Big Brother. This background allows him to both relate to and inspire Lawrence.

2016 Big Sister of the Year

Big Sister Laura

BBBS of Northeast Indiana

During the first year they were matched, 2016 Big Sister of the Year Laura helped Little Sister Emily deal with anxiety, develop confidence, and navigate a tough time in middle school. “Helping her work through those struggles brought us closer and frankly made us both stronger,” Laura says. With Laura’s guidance, Emily is looking forward to the next phase of her life. “It’s because of Laura that I plan to attend college,” she says. “It’s because of Laura that the little girl that was failing in school is now a 12th grade honors student soon attending college.”

2016 Bigs of the Year Statewide Winners