Nariah was matched with her “Big”, Sidney, in February 2020 in the School Based Mentoring Program.  Nariah is in fifth grade and Sidney is a student at North Carolina A&T State University.

Nariah and Sidney have developed a great relationship at school that has maintained via Zoom and talking on the phone. They haven’t seen each other in person because of the COVID19 but the pandemic hasn’t been a Barrier to building a relationship. They plan to stay connected and hope to one day move to a community-based match so they can spend more time with each other in the future. 

Sydney’s rules for Nariah is to always listen & follow directions and to be respectful. Sydney has also been helping Nariah improve in math. Nariah wants to be a Lawyer or cosmetologist when she grows up. 

When Match Support Specialist, Teja, asked Sidney what motivated her to become a Big, she said, “It is a good way to give back to the community ”.