Big Sister Erica and Little Sister Cecilia have been matched for 7 years. Cecilia will be a senior in High School next year, and Erica cannot wait to see how bright her future will be!
Big Sister, Erica Kelly, is from Queens, New York, born and raised. She also has family in both the Bronx and Long Island. Erica is a stay-at-home mother with a pleasant, bright personality. She’s always had a soft spot for mentoring. Growing up Erica could have used someone as a mentor. “My parents separated when I was young,” Erica said, “I needed someone. So now I am the person who I needed back then.” Erica’s father worked a lot. She finds him to be very fascinating as a father and as her best friend. She recalls her mother being overwhelmed with her and her sisters. “I may have been a pain, even more than my sisters,” said Erica.
Erica is a quiet and a self-proclaimed introvert. When she was younger, she didn’t stand up for herself or had her own voice. She is the type of person who maintained a tight knit, small group of friends because this is what she was comfortable with. “I hope I can give a voice to someone who may not have one,” Erica said. Today as a mentor she is doing that for Cecilia.
Erica met her little sister, Cecilia, seven years ago. Erica remembers meeting in the Worcester Big Brothers Big Sisters office with Cecilia and her mom and how awkward and nervous she felt at first. Then they went out for ice cream and Erica realized her little sister was a chatter box. “Cecilia couldn’t stop talking,” Erica said, “what an experience that was!”
Seven years down the line, Erica is looking forward to seeing what is in store for her little sister. “She’ll be a senior in high school next year,” Erica said. “I can’t believe how time has flown by…I still remember when my son and she were playing in the kiddie pool.” Their relationship has been a good and solid one for years. At times, Erica found herself leaning on Cecilia, without knowing. Erica welcomed it when Cecilia needed a shoulder, too, especially when dealing with family and trust issues. Erica claims this experience has made her into a better person. “I feel more confident and empathetic,” Erica said. “I take pride knowing both of our lives have been impacted in positive ways because of each other.”
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