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Mon, Oct. 21

YBBBS Child of the Week: Izzy

School is well underway and for Big Brothers Big Sisters that means an increase in the number of children referred to our program. It also means a dramatic increase in the need for volunteers to become Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Family matches. Over 75% of the children on our waiting list to be matched with a "Big" are boys, the majority of whom have no men in their lives. Do you remember the older guy you used to think was so cool and how much you wanted to be like him? It's your turn to be that person! We need men to step up and make a difference in the lives of these boys.

Meet Izzy, a ten-year-old boy with a quick smile and a friendly demeanor. He lives with his single mother and an older sister. Izzy is inquisitive, funny and easy to get along with. He is an athlete with a passion for snowboarding. He considers himself an accomplished snowboarder and is even able to handle the jumps. Izzy likes just about any outdoors activity including BMX-riding, rock climbing, swimming, diving, rafting, fishing, shooting and hiking. He is also teaching himself to play the bass guitar.

Izzy is average in school, with math being his worst subject. He gets along well with other kids and is fairly popular with his peers, as he is a natural leader. He says that he "loves learning things at school" especially about geometry and poetry. He reads daily. His current favorite book is Yellow Star, about a child's experience in Nazi-occupied Lodz Ghetto in Poland in WWII.

Izzy says he'd like to be on a hunting show when he grows up and that he's saving up to go on a hunting trip to Alaska. He earns money for himself with various odd jobs.

His mother would like Izzy to be matched with a young-at-heart Big Brother or Family match that would provide him with a positive male model and give him the chance to do active things that she can't do. Izzy would like an outdoorsy Big Brother who would take him snowboarding or skiing.

Do you like the outdoors? Are you into skiing or snowboarding? Why not join Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters today by becoming a Big Brother of Big Sister to a young person like Izzy? Just a few hours a couple times a month is all it takes to change a life. Contact Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters at 928-778-5135 or online at www.azbigs.org. Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters is a volunteer and donor supported organization proven to help the most vulnerable children in our communities succeed through one-to-one relationships. The organization currently serves 17 communities and over 60 school sites within Yavapai County and Sedona.

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