Mentor Helps Little Find Strength, Confidence

By April 21, 2016Ripple Stories

Two years ago, I got out of my comfort zone and committed to being a Big Sister. I was matched with an incredible 6-year-old with a beautiful name: MaKayla.

Bridget Slevin and her Little Sister MaKayla

Bridget and MaKayla

As with any 6-year-old, her energy was off the charts! But one of the things she had issues with, and still does to some degree, was self-confidence. She was scared of everything! But she was willing to try almost everything, too!

We’ve climbed the wall at the rec center, gone horseback riding, swimming, and so much more. She has definitely won the heart of my family.

MaKayla’s biggest accomplishment is that when we met, she was terrified of Teva, my dog. I understood how a wolf-looking (Shepherd Husky) dog can scare people! Now she now likes to call Teva her dog, she pets her, feeds her treats, and always asks if we can see her.

MaKayla has grown in her self-confidence and says affirmations with me, like “I am strong, I am beautiful, I can do anything.” She is hilarious!


Bridget Slevin
Peoria, Illinois

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