After receiving Joy’s love and guidance for 11 years with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, Jenny knew the best way to show her gratitude would be to pass those lessons along to another little girl struggling to reach her potential.
For Little Sister Jenny, having a Big Sister through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program introduced a world of professional career options that she never thought possible!
Jenny was matched with Joy when Jenny was just 7 years old. Her parents divorced when she was very young and her homelife had its challenges. “My mom was frequently ill and in the hospital so she was not able to take care of us the way she wanted to,” Jenny explains. “We were not well off and my dad was not around very often to help.”
While Jenny’s mom provided all the love and guidance she could, Big Sister Joy showed Jenny hope for a brighter future. Joy worked as an executive for a major cosmetics brand. She was poised and professional and shared her love for fashion and beauty with Jenny. Once, during a visit to the corporate headquarters building where Joy worked, Jenny noticed the shiny gold-colored faucets in the ladies’ room. She decided at that moment that she wanted to set goals for a professional career of her own.
With Joy’s encouragement, Jenny worked hard in school and graduated from Newman Smith High School with honors in 2007. She received academic scholarships to college and graduated from UNT. Most recently, she completed her Master’s degree from UNT in 2013, while holding management positions with an engineering firm. Even though Jenny and Joy’s match officially ended when Jenny graduated from high school, the ladies are bonded for life. Jenny seeks Joy’s advice and encouragement with every major decision and Joy continues to help Jenny set goals and celebrate successes.
Their shared love of fashion and cosmetics has turned into a side career for Jenny, as well. Today you can see Jenny appear in television commercials and newspaper advertisements all over north Texas. “I was a tomboy when I met Joy,” says Jenny. “But she showed me that the way we present ourselves through clothes and appearance can be very important… and FUN!”
After receiving Joy’s love and guidance for 11 years with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, Jenny knew the best way to show her gratitude would be to pass those lessons along to another little girl struggling to reach her potential. Jenny has been a Big Sister to 9 year old Crystal for more than 2 years now. And just like she learned from Joy, Jenny is helping Crystal to set goals for the future, and rewarding her for all her achievements.