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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana recently honored Ben Drouillet as Big Brother of the Year and Tori Hebert as Big Sister of the Year.
Ben Drouilhet has been matched with his Little Brother, Kaidyn, since 2019. Eager to follow in his father’s footsteps, who was a Big Brother, Drouillet said he wanted to “show love and give back to the community” like his father. Since being matched, Ben and Kaidyn have formed a genuine and positive relationship enjoying attending Big Brothers Big Sisters events, swimming and exploring Kaidyn’s interests.
Kaidyn’s family is also proud of their match. “This is such a positive relationship for Kaidyn. Both like to fly by the seat of their pants and I admire Ben for always willing to be the optimistic voice for Kaidyn,” his mother said. Kaidyn is equally excited about his Big Brother. He said, “Mr. Ben has helped me with homework and has helped me feel more confident with reading. He makes everything fun!”
Tori Hebert has been matched with her Little Sister Isabella since 2021. The two enjoy going to the movies, attending football games and exploring new interests. From day one, Tori has continued to show up for Isabella and be intentional with their relationship.
“I feel heard when I am with Tori,” Isabella said. “She takes time to listen when I have something to say.” Similarly, Isabella’s family is thankful for their relationship. “Tori is the sweetest person ever and we absolutely love her,” Bella’s mother said.
Volunteer big brothers or big sisters in Big Brothers Big Sisters commit to spending four to six hours a month with their little. To learn more about organization, to enroll a child or become a Big, contact Avon Knowlton, program director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 337-478-5437 ext.106.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of SWLA:
BBBS-SWLA, a non-profit organization, has been helping children in the SWLA community for nearly 40 years. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ vision is that all youth achieve their full potential. Its mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. The Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs help children to achieve proven positive outcomes including educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana is a proud agency of United Way.
To become a volunteer Big or for more information call 337.478.5437 or visit www.bbbsswla.org.