Mentoring programs pair young people with strong role models who encourage them to reach for the stars. We’re proud to share this story of how two lives were changed for the better thanks to a mentoring program supported by Publix Charities.
Being There: A story of two lives changed for the better.
When Big Brother Brian Pulley and Little Brother Jarvel Pope met, both were dealing with struggles in their personal lives. Brian was picking up the pieces after a divorce, and Jarvel was an elementary school student in need of a male role model. The two began getting to know each other and spending time together each week.
Fast-forward more than five years, and this pair is seemingly unstoppable. Brian, now remarried, is a doting husband and father of a young daughter. Jarvel, a high school student and gifted point guard, plays varsity and club basketball and has his sights set on college.
“He was very quiet when I first met him,” Brian said. “Jarvel was a child. Now he’s becoming a man. He has confidence and energy when he comes into the room.”
The Pulley and Pope families have grown close, celebrating holidays and birthdays together. Jarvel stood beside Brian as the best man in his wedding. Brian cheers on Jarvel during basketball games and helps him focus on schoolwork.
“He understands me,” said Jarvel of his Big Brother. “We have a lot in common, and I can talk to him about anything.”
Brian sees some of himself in Jarvel, and the two have developed a strong bond built on trust.
“When we’re together, the world just tunes out,” said Brian. “No matter what I’ve been going through… all of that goes away when I’m with Jarvel.”
As the first in his family to attend college, Brian beat the odds to earn a master’s degree and build a successful career. He knows that Jarvel can do whatever he sets his mind to accomplish.
“He has such a big heart,” said Brian. “He inspires me to be a better person.”
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee
1704 Charlotte Avenue, Suite 130
Nashville, TN 37203
Sometimes all it takes to reach your potential is someone who believes in and encourages you along the way. That’s what Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee seeks to accomplish by pairing “Bigs” with “Littles” throughout the Nashville area.
Big Brothers and Sisters help their Littles set and reach goals, find new opportunities, and grow into the men and women they are meant to be. From overcoming adversity to helping others, the values that Bigs instill in Littles may guide them through life and help them succeed.