Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands Bestows Bigs, Littles of the Year Awards

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS, of the Midlands named the winners of their annual awards for Little Sister, Little Brother, Big Sister, Big Brother, Parent, and Couple of the Year. For Little Sister of the Year, Lily is recognized as being a resilient young woman who has overcome tremendous grief and loss to motivate herself to become a successful person. Her friends and family say she is an inspiration to them and they look to her for courage and motivation. Lily says she “always like(s) to look forward to the future… It’s just remembering that I have a future and I’m going to be successful despite all of this going on.”

For Little Brother of the Year, Layton is recognized as an outstanding Little to his Big Brother and an even better big brother to his blood siblings. Layton’s friends and family see him as mature and responsible, taking on the incredible responsibility of helping his mother raise four kids. Layton’s Big Brother, Alex Goodman, said he is “excited to see him grow into an adult who will be successful in anything that he does, simply because I know he has the maturity to do it.”

Additional awards include Big Sister of the Year Ashley Ernst; Big Brother of the Year Adrian Fuentes Sanchez; Parent of the Year Katie Visocky; and Big Couple of the year Jim and Beth Griffith.

For more than 60 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands has been creating meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers and children ages 7-21 in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area, with a goal of helping children realize their potential and build their futures. For more information or to volunteer, visit