In 2017 Aaliyah entered Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program and was matched with her Big Sister Candy Brooks. At the time, Aaliyah’s guardian felt she would benefit by the addition of another caring adult in her life. She was in elementary school with a focus on improving grades and friends. Life changed for Aaliyah as she was adopted into a loving home and ultimately another caring adult, her Big Sister Candy.
When Candy became Aaliyah’s Big, she recognized Aaliyah’s potential. Together they discussed the importance of good grades, building stronger friendships with her peers, and Candy quickly became a close friend in her life.
Now, 3 years later, Aaliyah is thriving. She enjoys going to school, made close friends and is on track to pursue her dreams of attending college for art or dancing. This match also has a lot of fun! They share a love for kayaking, fishing, walks on the beach and dining out.
“Our friendship is equally important to the both of us,” said Candy. “I can’t ever imagine us being apart – we will always be there for each other,” she added.
Congratulations to our 2021 Big Sister of the Year, Candy!