Teens help teens in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program


by Doug Proffitt


Posted on July 22, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) – Do you know a teenager who may have thought about mentoring a fellow teenager?

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Kentuckiana is promoting the idea of teenagers who are at least 18 years old mentoring other teens.

WHAS11 caught up with two of these teens at Hoosier Strike and Spare in New Albany, Indiana.

New Albany resident, Katie Trinkle, 18, is one active Big Sister.

She and little sister, Destiny Gresham, have spent the past year not only getting to know one another, but also creating a strong friendship.

“When anybody would ask her, she says, ‘that’s my big sister,’” Katie told WHAS11. “That makes me feel good.”

Katie comes from a well-known family in southern Indiana. The Trinkles have long been active in community events and it stuck with Katie at an early age.

It meant that Katie was destined to give back - in this case, to Destiny.

“Destiny is very shy, and I’m not,” said Katie. “She really opened up to me.”

“She’s nice and hyper,” said Destiny. “She was singing in the car on the way back from Holiday World.”

Summer is a great time to get started as a Big Brothers/Big Sisters volunteer.

It only requires a few hours of your time, but in most matches, people enjoy going over the minimum time.

If you want to help a young person become a great adult, call the Louisville Big Brothers/Big Sisters office at (877) 588-2300.