Anna's Story

Bullied at school and unable to afford many of the fun activities children around her were participating in, Anna felt excluded and alone. Because of her treatment at school, Anna lost confidence in herself and her academic abilities. Through the compassionate efforts of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Mentoring program, Anna’s life began to change for the better.

The program paired Anna with Big Sister Maria, who quickly became one of Anna’s closest friends. By having a Big Sister who enjoys the same activities and shares her same interests, Anna has been able to experience the kindness and friendship she was longing for.  

Together, Little Sister Anna and Big Sister Maria have shared special memories and gone on all sorts of adventures, from trips to the Grout Museum and John Deere Museum to mini-golfing. Along with their adventures, the two have spent time playing games, baking, tie-dying shirts, and talking about life. With Big Sister Maria’s help, Anna has already improved on her homework assignments and gained confidence in school, which has boosted her self-esteem and enabled her to enjoy school more than before. 

Cedar Valley United Way is proud to support programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters that help people like Anna. Together, we fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. To live better, we must Live United. 

We are Cedar Valley Strong!

*Names in the story have been altered to preserve anonymity.