Celebrating a BBBS Match



Justice and Sharon began their match when Justice was just seven years old. This November the pair is celebrating their eight-year match anniversary. They see themselves continuing to be involved with The Guidance Center’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Program until Justice ‘graduates’ at age eighteen.

While reflecting on their introductory meeting at the start of their relationship, Sharon stated, “I loved Justice as soon as I saw her, she was so tiny and so quiet”. The pair also shared a funny story about their first outing at Sharon’s home. Justice had politely stayed seated on Sharon’s couch that day. Sharon, confused about what was going on, had asked Justice why she didn’t want to play. Justice had solemnly told Sharon that her parents had said not to break anything while at Sharon’s house, so her solution for that was to stay in one spot. Nowadays, the pair regularly meet at Sharon’s house for homework help, dinner, and to watch their favorite movies. They joke that to this day, Justice has not broken anything while visiting Sharon.  

Justice is now in high school. With Sharon’s and her parents’ support and encouragement, she is motivated to go on to college when she graduates. Her goal this school year is to earn honor roll grades. She has developed into a confident teenager from the shy, quiet child that entered the program.

There are thirty McKean County children who are waiting for a Big. If you would like to volunteer with The Guidance Center’s Big Brothers Big Sister’s Program, call toll free 1-877-776-1636, go to, or find us on Facebook at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson, Elk, and McKean Counties.

 ***Photo is of Sharon and Justice with our new hash tag slogan #BeaJEM

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The Guidance Center’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program would like to recognize Bigs Pat and Shirley Fleckenstein and Little Brother Preston Heckman for having reached their 3 year match anniversary. Pat and Shirley are considered a couples match to Little Brother Preston and enjoy interacting with Preston by visiting local events and places of interest, spending time together playing games, going to the movie and exploring new interests. Preston’s mother feels the program has been a very positive influence and experience for her son. Research shows children involved in BBBS do better in school, are less likely to become involved in risky behaviors and have better family and peer relationships.

If you would like to be a positive influence for a child in need of a Big Brother or Big Sisters please call toll free 1-877-776-1636 or 814-371-0613. Find us on Facebook at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson, Elk and McKean Counties and online at

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Big Kelley Roff and Little Khadijah Thomas recently celebrated their seven-year match anniversary. Some of their favorite activities over the past year have included going to Darien Lake, spending time with Kelley and her family, watching fireworks, and supporting Khadijah at her sporting events and theatrical performances. Kelley expressed during the match’s anniversary meeting that Khadijah is a big part of her own family now, and everyone looks forward to spending time with her. Khadijah’s mother, Anita Hubbart, says she couldn’t have dreamed of a better match for her daughter. As a result of the match relationship, Khadijah has made gains with her self-esteem and sense of the future. Khadijah would like to attend college at Pitt Bradford when she graduates from high school.  

33 children in McKean County are in need of a volunteer mentor. Please call Big Brothers Big Sisters toll free at 1-877-776-1636 or 814-887-5591 if you would like to learn more. Find us on Facebook at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson, Elk and McKean Counties and online at


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If you would like more information about volunteering to be a Big Brother or Big Sister, please contact our office at 814-371-0613, toll free at 1-877-776-1636, or contact us online.