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Match of the Month: Emiliano and Tyler

Congratulations to Little Brother Emiliano and Big Brother Tyler! Emiliano and Tyler’s match is a double header. They are our September 2021 Match of the Month as well as our Hispanic Heritage Month feature. Emiliano and Tyler are part of our partnership program with Stryker, where Stryker employees are matched with Kalamazoo youth.


Match of the Month is a new feature for 2021.  Every month we celebrate a match with this special recognition. This award honors a match’s dedication to each other and commitment to living out the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Michigan – empowering the potential of youth through one-to-one mentoring.


Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated September 15th-October 15th. During this month, we celebrate the rich history and contributions of Hispanic and Latin American communities, including thousands of Bigs and Littles in our program nationwide.


Their shared love of history and laid-back demeanors made Tyler and Emiliano easy to match. In addition, they share Hispanic heritage. Emiliano immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico City when he was 4 years old. Tyler is a quarter Hispanic and committed to gaining a better understanding of Hispanic culture. Emiliano is a part of Kalamazoo Central’s soccer and robotics teams. He hopes that Tyler will be able to come see him in action one day!

Big Brothers Big Sisters asks each of its matches to define 3 goals they would like to accomplish as part of their match. When introduced in in August, Emiliano and Tyler named these:

  • Explore hobbies together
  • Engage in new activities
  • Help Emiliano learn to stay focused during classes he’s not interested in

Congratulations, Emiliano and Tyler! We are so happy to support your match. We look forward to hearing more about all of the things you learn together!

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