Big Sister Emily Felmet has been matched with her Little Sister Quinn for about seven years in our Community-Based Mentoring Program. During this time Emily, who is the Social Media Strategist for BlueCross BlueShield, has experienced many changes in her life, including marriage.
Emily decided to volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County (BBBSEC) because she was looking for an opportunity to give back to the community by impacting a child and their family.
Emily and Quinn enjoy cooking dinner together and walking her dog. They also enjoy roller-skating, playing games, and bowling. Emily said she loves how genuine their relationship is and looks forward to spending more time with her little sister.
We had the chance to talk to Emily about her relationship with her Little Sister and how Quinn has impacted her life.
Why did you decide to become a Big Sister?
I was ready to take on a new opportunity to give back to the community. I thought BBBSEC was a really great way to give back through one person and one family. I wanted to be a big all through college, but I never had the capacity to do it. Once I was working and realized I could fit it into my schedule, I decided to give it a try.
Through your journey as a Big, what you learned about yourself?
Quinn and I are going on 7 years in June. I learned all kinds of things throughout the process, but I definitely learned that I am capable of relating to people and situations that are very different from mine. As she grows up and has different struggles, I’m capable of helping her through them. I think what I have learned is, as long as you care about someone else and you are dedicated to helping someone, you find a way to make the relationship work. That has been really important.
What has Quinn taught you that you wouldn’t have learned without her in your life?
She definitely taught me about the strength that one person can have. She is so much younger than me but she is so strong and she is so dedicated to becoming a better person in so many different aspects of her life. She is dedicated to being a good friend and doing better in school, and I think that the strength she shows as a teenager is something I haven’t seen in anyone else, ever. It is inspiring.
What is a memorable moment you have with Quinn?
My favorite memory is her 8th grade graduation. She had four tickets and invited my mom and I to go. She sang with a small group of people and she was proud of herself and looked so grown up. It was a really amazing moment. I was so proud of her.
How does being a Big Sister impact a Little’s life?
I definitely think the best part of kids being “little’s” is exposure to people and learning more about their community, and also learning about why it is important to be a part of the community and how to give back.