Cassie was matched with her Big Sister, Nancy, for 7 years. From the start, Nancy’s approach as Cassie’s mentor was very intentional – she made it her mission to help build Cassie’s confidence and empower her to realize her potential. Nancy openly shared her own experiences growing up to demonstrate to Cassie that it is absolutely possible to shape her own future.
Early in their relationship, Nancy sent a note to Aurora (Program Director for BBBS of Bath/Brunswick): “Cassie is smart and watchful; she notices everything and she asks questions. She’s also a worrier who is hesitant of new experiences. I like to think I’m creating a space for her to take healthy risks and ask questions. I feel honored to be a part her life right now, to build a relationship with her at this critical time. Thank you for your excellent work in putting together a good match for us. ”
Cassie and Nancy met almost weekly for the entirety of their seven year mentoring relationship. From cooking nutritious meals and making homemade Christmas gifts for Cassie’s family and friends, to attending various Women’s Marches and talking extensively about current events, the match relationship helped Cassie develop numerous valuable skills, expand her perspectives and develop a strong, independent outlook.
Cassie graduated high school in June and is excited to pursue post-secondary studies in journalism and media studies, an interest that Nancy supported by helping her enroll in a teen writing program with Maine Public Radio last summer. Nancy drove Cassie to Portland every day for two weeks to attend the workshop, and was present to support Cassie at the program’s closing reception. Nancy has taken Cassie on several college tours, including visits to SMCC, USM, Husson and Presque Isle. Although she was accepted at three four-year colleges, Cassie has decided to begin with a two-year degree from SMCC this fall. She plans to go on for a four-year degree. Cassie shared: “Nancy has supported me every step of the way!”