Originally from Fort Wayne, Big Brother Cameron currently resides in Evansville and works at the Community Action Program of Evansville (CAPE). He works in the Early Headstart program and as their Male Involvement Coordinator.
Cameron was inspired to become a Big because he works a lot with younger children and wanted the chance to mentor a child that was a little older than what he was used to. He was matched with his Little Brother, TJ, back in 2015 when TJ was 12 years old. Now, TJ is 17 and Cameron has loved watching how he has matured over the years. Other than watching his Little grow, Cameron’s favorite thing about being a Big is providing opportunities for TJ to have new experiences. Throughout their time together, Cameron has introduced TJ to new foods and restaurants.
Cameron shared that the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program exceeded expectations he originally had because not only has TJ benefited from the program, but Cameron feels he himself has been impacted as well.
Cameron’s words of wisdom to a person wanting to become a Big in our program is to understand that they may not have an instant friendship or see changes overnight. He said it’s important to stick with the child and witness the small changes that occur over time.
If you are interested in becoming a Big like Cameron, visit mentoringkids.org/volunteer.