|Real life story: Meet Jaylyn and Pierce|
Real life story: Meet Jaylyn and Pierce
Little Brother Jaylyn was 6 years old when his family contacted the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in his area. They were looking for a positive role model. Local match support professionals helped Jaylyn find that role model in Big Brother Pierce.
Pierce is the nephew of President George W. Bush and grandson of President George H.W. Bush. The pair spent an afternoon with KHOU reporter Sherry Williams to encourage others to get involved.
"Around my neighborhood, we don’t really have a lot of good men," Jaylyn explains. With the support of the team at Big Brothers Big Sisters, the two have bonded closely. Pierce is close with Jaylyn’s mom, grandmother, and other family members and says that his grandparents have come to think of Jaylyn as their 18th grandchild. That special connection to an American political dynasty doesn’t intimidate the precocious, energetic Jaylyn.
"I think he’s just a regular person, like me," Jaylyn says about his Big Brother. The pair likes to play football together, as well as go to the zoo and baseball games. "We have a brotherly bond," said Pierce. "I think we really look out for each other."
Pierce expects that bond to last well beyond the end of their formal match on Jaylyn’s 18th birthday. "We are brothers," he says. "I can’t wait for the moment when my kids have the opportunity to meet their incredible uncle, Jaylyn."
Like every Big Brothers Big Sisters match, Pierce and Jaylyn have the help of a dedicated match support specialist, who monitors their match and provides guidance when needed. Match support specialists are also working to find matches for the 750 children in the Houston area that are still seeking mentors. With the support of generous donors and corporate, foundation, and community partners, Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks the resources necessary to recruit, create, and support matches like the one between Pierce and Jaylyn.
"This program is about regular people helping at-risk kids," said Stephanie Palmer of Big Brothers Big Sisters. "Even if you were at-risk yourself and you’re trying to make a difference in your own life. Think about how much more you would have to offer a child who is in a similar situation."
If you would like to make a difference in the life of a child facing adversity, there are many ways to get involved. Volunteer, donate or find the method that is right for you. No action is too small to make a big impact.