Big Impact: Dylan & Jake
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vigo County’s mission is to change the life of a child for the better, forever. But there is a side of BBBS that is less discussed- the impact the relationship has on the mentors.
Dylan Stolz and Little Brother Jake have been matched since February 2015. Jake had been on the waitlist for a Big Brother for 10 months prior to being paired with Dylan, an Indiana State University freshman at the time. Dylan had been involved with BBBS as a high school student at Terre Haute South High School for after-school programming, and signed on to commit as a volunteer mentor through the community-based program for a Wabash Valley child. Dylan’s an active, founding member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity at ISU, and is very involved with “StateDM” (ISU’s Dance Marathon), a student-driven, year-round commitment to generate funds for the Riley Hospital for Children. Between all of these activities and more, Dylan continues to make time to be a Big Brother.
“Sometimes I forget that Jake is my little,” said Dylan. “To me, he is more of a friend. We enjoy doing the same things like learning, fishing, hiking and playing sports. He is also really mature so we talk about trending topics like politics. Sometimes I take him to the ISU Rec Center to play basketball and he is better than me so he gets picked first (he humbles me). Jake reminds me a lot of myself when I was his age and he helps me find the time to do the things I used to love to do. He also appreciates everything and he has helped me become more thankful for the opportunities I have been given. Perhaps most importantly, he has showed me how to ball out. I can’t wait to watch him in the NBA someday.”
To learn more about making an impact with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vigo County, check out www.bbbs.org or give us a call locally at 812.232.3952 ext. 52.