Category Archives: Real Life Stories

2017 Delaware Big Brother of the Year Anthony (Tony) Whitten

Tony is a Technology Specialist & resides in Wilmington with his wife & son. Tony has been matched with his Little Brother Nasir for over 10 years! “I have wanted very much to help Nasir, and this award suggest that perhaps I have succeeded in some measure,” said Tony. Click here to read the full story:…/0B7VH5Bk7jc93b0ZaQXFtcEt5Q…/view…


2017 Delaware Big Sister of the Year Cheryl Mitchell

Cheryl works in the Administrative Division for the City of Wilmington, Delaware, Office of Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki & is a devoted mother & grandmother. Cheryl first met her Little Sister Niz’a as a School-Based Mentor in 2010. Soon after they were matched, the pair expanded their relationship to a “Community-Based Match”, which meant they could share visits and outings after school and on the weekends. Cheryl & Niz’a have been matched for a total of seven years! Click here to read the full story:…/0B7VH5Bk7jc93b0Z


Congratulations Javier – Class of 2015!

hiran and Javier graduation 2015

“Tonight I had the distinct honor of attending the graduation of Javier at University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center. I first met Javier in February 2006 when he was a 3rd grader and was selected to be my “little brother” [I can no longer call him that as you can see from the pic] through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware. I am so happy to see him graduate today from Howard High School — and continue his education at Delaware State University in the fall — although I must say the moment is bittersweet as his graduation officially marks the end of my 9-year highly rewarding experience as a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters. I will miss meeting with Big Brothers Big Sisters’ highly talented and hardworking staff, particularly Tiyona McCollister, who consistently came up with fun and creative activities for us to participate in. I would be remiss not to use this opportunity to acknowledge and thank Dan Gigler who was the first person to encourage me to join this outstanding nonprofit. Above all, congratulations Javier!”

Hiran Ratnayake