Cynric and Little Brother Kameron were matched on June 29, 2011.
Cynric Whitaker considered becoming a Big Brother for a long time. His company, West Corporation, has participated in Bowl for Kids’ Sake the past few years and after Cynric was a Team Captain in May of 2011, he decided it was the right time.
“I became a mentor for two reasons: I wish there had been someone, like me now, to help me along since I was raised by my Mom, my Aunt and my Grandma and; everyone in this community has a responsibility to pay it forward – especially to young men who need someone to look up to and someone to show them alternatives, “ according to Cynric.
Kameron’s mother Kamille enrolled him in the program because his biological father has been in and out of prison since Kameron was a few weeks old.
“I wanted Kameron to have a positive African American male role model so he could see there were opportunities,” Kamille said. “I wanted Kameron to know he could be successful.”
“Kameron has always been a good student, but Cynric has spent time working with him on his reading, in addition to playing basketball and taking him to many events out in the community. Now, not only is he an excellent student, he’s more engaged in school and has improved interactions with his brothers – he’s really being a role model to his brothers. This has elevated our entire family.”
Cynric said he thinks the barriers to recruiting more mentors are people’s concerns with the time commitment or their uncertainty if they are “good enough.”
“When it comes to children, it takes so little to make a big difference, “ Cynric said. “Kids aren’t looking for some perfect polished person, they are looking for someone to emulate and spend time with them.”