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Friends for Life | by Jasmin Maaghop

Your words and actions can make a huge difference in someone’s life.

Volunteering for the past three years has impacted my life in many ways. When I was first told about the opportunity to become a Teen Mentor, I was thrilled. Although I was persuaded by the temptation to obtain graduation volunteer hours, the thought immediately vanished when I entered the program in 2013 to meet my Little Buddy, Lily*.

I remember seeing a little girl’s eyes glistening right into mine as I stepped foot into the room where we first met. I don’t know how she knew, but before it was even time for the group of little and big buddies to be paired up, she gasped loudly, rushed up to me and said, “You’re going to be my Big Buddy.”

To this day, Lily still has the same glint in her eyes every time she sees me.

Being able to spend time with Lily is truly a gift. Lily enables me to relive my childhood. She expresses herself and allows me to understand her. Through this, we’re able to build a strong foundation of friendship.

It’s amazing how I can be a role model and friend at the same time. I have always wanted to inspire someone through my actions and words. Because of Lily, I know I have lived up to this dream. I am grateful for being able to influence someone’s life positively, especially for Lily to look up at me and say, “Because of you, I want to become a Big Buddy too one day.”

Want to volunteer? Then connect with us! Reach us at volunteer@bbgvf.com or at our Volunteer Inquiry Page.

*Name has been changed.

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