Sean and Stephanie Lucier, brother and sister from Lawrenceburg, have been named Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati.
Stephanie, 22, is paired with Daminica, and Sean, 18, is paired with Matthew. Both of these mentoring friendships are in the Site-Based program with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and meet at the children’s school. Stephanie first learned about Big Brother Big Sisters in high school, when she was paired with a Little Sister, and wanted to continue mentoring other children when that school program ended.
Big Brothers Big Sisters paired adult volunteer mentors with children in the community who can benefit from a positive role model. For Stephanie, Daminica, who’s in fourth grade, is the youngest “Little Sister” she’s been paired with.
Stephanie Lucier said “Conversations with Daminica, are relaxed and fun and just take you back to that age.” When she told her about the Big Sister of the Year award, Daminica, “lit up like Christmas. The award made her feel like she was contributing to something bigger than herself.”
The experience of being a Big Sister helped Stephanie as well. As she finishes her college education at Northern Kentucky University and works toward being an elementary school teacher, her Little Sister’s friendship provides one more layer of understanding children. Her commitment to her little called on extra sacrifice this past school year. She drove weekly from NKU weekly to meet with her Little.
Stephanie’s brother Sean followed her lead and became a Big Brother three years ago. He and his “Little Brother” Matthew bonded over a shared interest in the military, specifically the Army.
Although many people volunteer to be a Big Brother or Big Sister with the idea that they’re helping a child, Sean insists that is a two-way street, and that Matthew has taught him a great deal.
Sean says he used to rush through everything, to get done as fast as possible, but Matthew taught him the value of slowing down and enjoying the process. Sean, on the other hand, helped ease Matthew away from video games, and helped him develop an appreciation for the outdoors, as well as for other people.
“Matthew used to only hang out with one group of people, but he’s become a lot more outgoing and has branched out to become friends with different groups,” saied Sean Lucier.
In Indiana and Harrison there are school programs at Aurora Elementary, Lawrenceburg Primary, Central Elementary, Greendale Middle School, Harrison Elementary and Harrison Junior School. We are currently seeking adult Mentors for each of these programs.
You too can Start Something special. Call Kristi Eberhart at 513-608-8930 or go to www.bigsforkids.org for more information.