Big Brothers Big Sisters Oklahoma City
Mentee: Dezmond Finley, 11 years old
Two year-eight-month match
"I had always known that Desmond would do great things for the world, but getting him to believe in himself was something I needed the Big Brothers Big Sisters program to help me accomplish. From the beginning, Scott, a software developer at MTM, and Dezmond had so much in common—from the types of clothing they like to be swagged out in to the type of action-packed Naruto books they read.
"Always a shy kid, Dezmond has struggled with school work, a struggle which deflated his confidence. Since Scott has been in his life, I have seen a complete personality change in my child—from shy and unadventurous to eating sushi, rock-climbing and appreciating art. For example, this year Dezmond played soccer, and his confidence shined with each kick of the ball.
"Scott took on the role of a true older brother when our house was broken into in 2010. Dezmond was so scared that when he talked to Scott the night of the incident, Scott came right away. Although Scott is Dezmond’s Big Brother match, he always acknowledges my younger son. When my youngest son had neurological surgery, Scott called to check on our family and determine if Dezmond was handling the situation well. My son’s Big Brother and the relationship he has created have caused so much to blossom in my son’s personality.
"I will always be grateful to Scott, once a complete stranger, for helping mold my son into a young man who will set trends for his generation. Scott is more than Dezmond’s Big Brother, he is family.”
Mother of Dezmond Finley
“Scott is the best mentor ever! He makes me so happy, helps me with my homework and reading and takes me to his house to play with his dog and his PS3. I love my Big Brother Scott!”
|Front: Demetra Castille, match support specialist; Scott Lesser, Mentor of the Year, Big Brothers Big Sisters Oklahoma City; Dezmond Finley, mentee; Regena Robinson, match support manager; and Molly Reynolds, match support team lead
Back: Zakiyyah Borkins, Dezmond’s mother, and Sharla Owens, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters Oklahoma