Lewis and Zack: from Game On! to ISM

On September 12th, 2014 a young man named Lewis Lau made his first inquiry about becoming involved with Big Brother Big Sisters as a Mentor. Lewis came to Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Catharines-Thorold & District looking to make a positive influence of the youth of his community. Lewis had his application approved on October 23rd, 2014 and began mentoring shortly after in the Game On Program 4 days later. Little did he know just how much of a positive impact he would end up making on the youth of his community.

Lewis started Mentoring in the Game On program at St. Anthony’s Elementary School, as pictured above. Lewis had such an enjoyable experience in Game On, that he has now gone on to mentoring 3 groups of students through Game On. Lewis has now provided irreplaceable mentorship to 41 boys across St. Catharines.

Most recently, Lewis had completed Game On at Edith Cavell Elementary during fall of 2016. While Lewis was mentoring in Game On at Edith Cavell, he eventually began to grow a strong connection with a student named Zack that was participating in the Game On program. Both Lewis and Zack wished that Game On didn’t have to end, as they had really enjoyed each other’s company. Zack was interviewed at the end of the Game On and was asked what it was that he liked about Lewis. He answered by saying “he helps me take my mind off of all of the bad things in my life that I think about.” Afterwards Lewis was told about the significant positive impact that he made had on Zack. Lewis expressed how much it meant to him to be able to have this type of impact on a child’s life. It was at this point when Lewis had mentioned his interest in becoming involved in the In-School Mentoring Program. He shared how he feels that he has more great mentoring to offer. Lewis entailed how he would really enjoy being able to Mentor Zack on a 1-1 basis. As you could have predicted, Zack was ecstatic to hear of the news that he could now be with Lewis in a 1-1 mentoring relationship. Lewis and Zack are scheduled to begin their In-School Mentoring match in January of 2017. It just goes to show you how big of an impact that the Mentors if Big Brothers Big Sisters can have on a child.

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