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Al, Ometria, and Jalaa:  A Lifelong Friendship 

Big Duo - Al and Ometria Trimble have been matched with Little Brother, Jalaa, since 2013. Jalaa has benefited from not only one but two positive role models. Al and Ometria have completed multiple community service activities with Jalaa, volunteered at several BBBS functions, all the while encouraging academic success. Jalaa appreciates his Bigs because “they help him with whatever he is struggling with.”

This Big Duo keeps a photo album of the many events they participate in with Jalaa. Ometria and Al take great pride that Jalaa has improved his grades, which they say is attributed to his own efforts and the help of his supportive mother. Jalaa's Big Brother and Big Sister truly believe that "it takes a village to raise a child." Their extra support is helping Jalaa grow up with plenty of positive influences in his life. Jalaa, who dreams of becoming a chef and owning his own restaurant, says he loves having a Big Brother and Big Sister because “they help me to be more positive and thankful.” 

At one point, Jalaa and his family moved out of state, and his match closed. Several months later, Jalaa and his family moved back to Pensacola. Not long after Jalaa’s return, all parties asked to return to BBBS and re-open their match and their lifelong friendship.

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