Big Brother mentorship turns into something special


Posted on August 20, 2009 at 8:17 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 15 at 9:15 AM

(WHAS11) - A Kentuckiana teenager says a local man has made the difference in his life.

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14-year-old Jesse Jewell hasn't seen his father in years.

Several years ago, a man named Aaron Gatlin decided he needed more in his life, so he volunteered to be a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana.

And now he's seen Jesse enter high school, and just a few hours a month turned into a remarkable payoff.

With the crack of a bat, Louisville's crown jewel on the waterfront, Slugger Field, is the perfect place for a Big Brother match with some history.

Big Brother Aaron Gatlin and Little Brother Jesse Jewell, both of southern Indiana, are into their sixth year as a match.

And my oh my, have times flown; Jesse is now 14 years old and in the 9th grade. But I found them both to be great friends with interests that have grown over the years.

Jesse attends Silver Creek in southern Indiana and lives in Sellersburg. Aaron is 36 years old and an engineer with Accent Marketing.

He says Jesse has made a difference in his life in many ways.

Jesse has one other thing to thank Aaron for; a healthier attitude and a healthier spirit, thanks to Aaron's love of marathons, Jesse took up running too.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is trying to get its waiting list down to zero by the end of the year. 400 local children need matches.

As WHAS11 news celebrates twenty years of helping make those matches, we remind you that local staffers of the organization are by the phones right now to help you get started. They will meet you on your time and help get you on your way to a fulfilling will talk to a real, live person.

Call 1-877-588-2300.