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Sat, March 23

YBBBS Child of the Week: Chaisy

Big Sisters wanted! School's out for summer and girls are waiting!

What a great time to volunteer to be a Big Brother, Big Sister, Couple or Family Match. Did you know by becoming a "Big" you can start a child on the path to success? All it takes is a few hours, a couple of times a month.

Meet Chaisy. She is 10 years old and a bundle of energy. Chaisy, along with her three brothers and sisters, is being raised by her single mom. Chaisy is a "girlie-girl." She loves to do hair, nails and makeup. She is good at drawing, painting, cheerleading and playing football and basketball. The things that she cares about the most are her family, friends, getting her schoolwork turned in on time, and sleeping.

Chaisy likes school and says she knows a lot about math, science and friendship. She wants to be a model and a lawyer someday, and have a big house and three cars. She plans to make this happen by first getting a job and earning the money to go to school. She is worried she may get lost on the way because she says she sometimes struggles with her schoolwork. Chaisy has a teacher she looks up to at school who is really nice and encourages her. And she likes to read about other places, mysteries, scary books and Harry Potter.

Chaisy likes to play the piano and guitar and does arts and crafts. She likes to look at clothes, shoes and jewelry.

Chaisy wants a Big Sister who is nice, tall, artsy, fashionable and creative. Her mother would like her to be matched with someone who could help teach her how to respect others and herself, and how to treat people with empathy. Chaisy would be a great Little Sister to someone who wants to spend some time window shopping, trying on clothes, going to the movies and doing arts and crafts. It would mean a lot to Chaisy just to have a Big Sister to hang out with and talk to.

You don't have to change your life to change the life of a young person like Chaisy. Just a few hours a couple of times a month is enough to make a difference. Research shows that kids matched with a "Big" are almost 40 percent less likely to get arrested compared to all other kids their age. Matched children are also less likely to skip a day of school and less likely to begin using illegal drugs and alcohol.

Sign up today by calling 778-5135 or visit www.azbigs.org.

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