University of South Carolina

Student named Big Brother of the Year

 

Petty Officer Second Class Angelo Moore, a volunteer Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia, and a student at the University has been named South Carolina's "Big Brother of the Year."

Moore, who is pursuing an undergraduate degree in political science, is stationed at McGrady National Guard Station, and has been a Big Brother to his Little Brother Elijah Burroughs for almost three years. Elijah is the son of Ericka Burroughs, who works at the Prevention Research Center at the Arnold School of Public Health.

"There was no way to know when I first met Eli that we would soon become inseparable. We established a bond so strong that at times I felt it was I who was getting the most out of our friendship," Moore said.

"I never thought someone would give of themselves as Angelo has," Ericka Burroughs said. "I will never be able to express the depth of my appreciation for Angelo. He came into my son's life at a pivotal time when Eli was extremely vulnerable to peer pressure. But Angelo's unwavering commitment has steered Eli in the right direction."

Case Manager Sabrina Miller said she has noticed that "the same pride and dedication Angelo gives to serving our country is the same pride and dedication he applies to his relationship with his Little Brother Eli.

"Witnessing the life-changing events that have taken place in the life of a child because of a Big Brother is riveting," Miller said. "Not only does it change them, it also changes you because it becomes very clear how 'Little Moments' can have such 'Big Impacts'."

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia is a non-profit agency that matches caring adult volunteers with youth for one-to-one mentoring relationships that have been proven to help children reach their maximum potential.

By Web Communications

Posted: 05/18/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 05/21/10 @ 3:53 PM | Permalink