While in grad school, Big Brother Austin was involved in a research study detailing the overrepresentation of minorities in the juvenile justice system. After learning about the stark difference in case treatment among minority youth and their white counterparts, Austin was motivated to be a mentor in his community, and so he signed up for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Around the same time, Little Brother Stephen was having problems in school and was developing issues with anger. His mother decided to enroll him in Big Brothers Big Sisters.
In 2011, the two were matched. From the beginning, Austin became very involved in Stephen’s life—from attending school meetings, to speaking with teachers and staff. Stephen developed great trust in him; so much so that he would always call Austin whenever he experienced any school-related issues.
Since Austin came into his life, Stephen has gained confidence in public speaking, and has soared academically and behaviorally. Stephen now takes college courses at MDC through a dual enrollment program, and he’s also Commissioner Barbara Jordan’s District (1) representative on the Miami Dade Youth Commission.
Stephen’s mother wanted him to realize he can do anything and become whoever he wants to be in life. Now, with Austin’s help, he’s well on his way.