Big Brothers Big Sisters is in a season of change.
We’re launching a new look. A brand new logo. New language to communicate our mission. A bold new approach to meet the urgent need in our community.
And we’re adding someone new to our leadership team, too. His name is Sean Mitchell, and he’s the new Voice of Potential (VP) for Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City.
Who is Sean?
Sean, 15, lives in Independence, MO and has been a Little Brother for four years. He was matched with his Big Brother, Charles Pigneri, back in 2014.
“Charles is probably the nicest guy you could ever meet,” said Sean. “Being a Little has been a pretty great experience. I’ve learned a lot of things that I wouldn’t have learned without a male role model in my life.”
Sean, now a sophomore in high school, is an active athlete and an engaged student.
“Charles always wants to go to my football games and my track meets, and I love that,” said Sean. “That kind of motivates me and pushes me to work harder, knowing that he’s there.”
Game attendance might seem like a simple thing, but Charles knows that it’s part of a bigger picture.
“Ordinary things can produce extraordinary results,” said Charles. “At one point in our match, he asked me, 'WIll you always be my Big Brother?' I told him that as long as he wants me around, I’ll be there.”
What is a Voice of Potential?
As the official Voice of Potential for Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City, Sean will serve as a representative for Littles across KC. He’ll attend signature BBBSKC events, share his perspective with leaders of the organization, and advocate for Littles still waiting for a Big.
“Sean is an amazing young man,” said Micheal Lawrence, CEO of BBBSKC. “He has demonstrated all of the qualities we look for — not only as a Little Brother, but as a leader of our organization, too. Sean will be the perfect voice for Littles in our program, and we are thrilled to give him this position.”
Sean isn’t just a leader — he’s a trailblazer, too. Sean is the first Little in America to serve as a Voice of Potential.
“I feel like there were many great Littles that they could have chosen from, so I’m really grateful that they picked me,” said Sean. “Being the first person to be a Voice of Potential is a great opportunity to help others, which is what I strive for in life.”
Sean will have of variety of opportunities to contribute to the mission of BBBSKC, but his strongest passion is for finding more Bigs for waiting Littles.
“I’ve never gotten an opportunity like this, and I know it’s an opportunity I should seize, because this doesn’t happen to everybody,” said Sean. “I’m excited to help Littles all over the world find a Big that can be a role model and their best friend.”
Sean is being recognized as part of a larger brand transformation that kicked-off earlier this fall. On October 1, 2018, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America revealed a new brand that focuses on the organization’s need to match children with caring, adult volunteers that will stand with them to defend their potential. The new brand came with an updated logo, language, photography, color palette, and more. This is the first nationwide branding change for the organization in over 25 years.