Since May of 2008, Jacob has been a ‘Little’ in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.Paired with ‘Big’, Dave Colwin, Jacob has experienced a wide variety of things including sports (soccer and basketball), participating in his church youth group and starting his first job (cutting grass and shoveling snow).What he seen and learned firsthand, however, was to give people respect, have an appreciation for what you have and how to save money.

At fourteen, Jacob is the oldest of eight children and has not come from an easy background. Being paired with Dave through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, has helped Jacob grow by leaps and bounds. He is a kind, compassionate young man that will take the world by storm.

“Leading by example, Dave taught Jacob the importance of giving back,” said Tammy Young, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters.“What an awesome thing when a young adult decides to give back on his own. It’s even more special, when it is one you have seen grow and develop over the years. Jacob made a total of $290 over a period of time and decided to give 10% of it back to the place he has been part of for 8 years. BBBS is blessed to have Jacob and Dave as part of our program!”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fond du Lac County is a United Way Agency that assists children with social, emotional and character development through one-to-one mentoring relationships with caring adults.The agency matches children with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Big Couples or Big Families in a community or school based program.Children aged 6 through 13 can enroll in the program through a parent or guardian referral.Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license for the community based program, 16 years old for the school based program.For more information about the program or to volunteer, call 920-922-8200.