We have had the pleasure of working with so many amazing mentors this year. However, Mike Frahm stands in a league of his own as our 2015 Big Brother of the Year. “Mike Frahm is one of the most exceptional mentors I have ever met,” our Match Support Specialist Skye Rydman said. “Mike has been an incredible influence on Dante’s life.”

Mike has carefully constructed this influence through ten years of consistent mentor work in his relationship with Dante. He was there for his Little Brother not only when Dante was just a child, but throughout those tricky teenage years as well. He has been a father, a brother, and friend to Dante.

Mike’s large presence in Dante’s life has been incredibly impactful. Though none of Dante’s 05 Staff Retreat 6 (1)family had graduated from college, Michael strongly encouraged his Little Brother to pursue his education wholeheartedly. Now, at 16, Dante maintains a 4.0 grade point average is on the fast track to an academic scholarship.

Dante’s mother, Melissa, couldn’t be more proud of how far her son has come. She credited Mike for her son’s amazing progress. “I know without a doubt that the interaction between Dante and Mike has kept my son on the right track,” she said.

Mike himself has expressed how glad he is to Dante’s success in school. “I continue to encourage him to keep his good grades in school so he can go to college and obtain a successful career someday,” Mike said. The genuine care he has for Dante has impressed us over the nine and a half years that they have known each other.

BB-Michael-Frahm-and-LB-DantewebNot only has Mike shown an incorruptible commitment to his match with Dante for so long, but he also encourages his colleagues to do the same. Mike has led several of his friends to volunteer for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, even inspiring some to become mentors like him.

Awarding Mike Frahm with our 2015 Big Brother of the Year is our way of saying thank you. But, he has already received an award from his relationship with Dante. “I definitely have made a friend and family member for life in my Little Brother Dante,” Mike said. Through nine and a half years of amazing stewardship and mentoring, Mike and Dante have formed a long and lasting friendship, which we know will only continue to improve both of their lives.  – Alex Harrington

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