Julie and Breyonne’s Story

Big Brothers Big Sisters Makes a Big Impact – One Child at a Time

“I want to help others with my ideas.”

Ten-year-old and future clothes designer, Breyonne’, also known as “Bre”, wants to make a difference in Columbia, South Carolina. Since being a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program for five years, she has already managed to make an impact at her school.


Recently, U.S. Senator Tim Scott recognized Bre for advocating for a school crossing guard at the school she attends as a rising 5th grade.  Many probably saw a need, but Breyonne’ took the extra step to make sure someone noticed. “All my friends walk home from school and I did not think it was safe. Some have to walk over a mile home and cross busy streets.” That concern sparked Bre to start a conversation with her mother, and ultimately the City of Columbia. And thanks to her initiative, the children at her school now have a crossing guard!


When asked how Bre’s Big Sister Julia felt after learning of this huge recognition, Bre said, “Ms. Julia thought it was so awesome. She said she is so proud of me.” Breyonne’ said she loves being part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia program.  Some of Bre’s favorite things to do with her Big are going to the zoo, getting help with homework, and heading to the roller skating rink.


And even though she has already accomplished so much, Bre has set her sights on her next community project. “My goal is to have my school approve rolling book bags. Right now, we are not allowed to have any bag with wheels, but having to walk home carrying so many books really makes my back hurt. I know other kids probably have the same problem.”
Bre’s mother shared that at their church they have an “Act of Kindness Program”, with the mission of finding ways to help others.  It is obvious to everyone that Breyonne’ has taken that mission to heart. We are all excited to see what the future holds for this very special girl!

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