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(ABC4 NEWS – SALT LAKE CITY, UT) You never know what kind of impact you may have on someone.

I met Daniel Salazar at the ABC4 Utah studios to talk about something that was a big part of his childhood, are organization called Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Daniel explained how he got into the program; “Living in this single parent home, my mom was an amazing Mom.  I’m going to give her that.  She’s the best Mom.  She was a perfect role model for me. But, she knew we needed to have male role models and that was something she just could not do.”
Big Brother Big Sisters provides children facing adversity strong and enduring mentoring relationships with pre-screened adult volunteers. When Daniel was 12 years old, he was paired with Nate Young.
Why did Nate get into the program? He put it this way; “Being a Big Brother gives me an opportunity to give a little. An experience that provides confidence, assure that someone is going to be there for them, time and time again.”

“Littles” graduate out of the program when they turn 18. Daniel is now 23 and still involved with Big Brother Big Sisters, but in a different role.

Daniel said with a smile; “I am now Big as well. I have a little, his name is Henry. I’ve been a Big now for two years.”

What inspired Daniel to be a Big Brother? “It all came down to this.  Once I got old enough to realize and reflect on my life. The positive things in my life. I always thought back to Nate and the influence that he had. I thought I can have that same influence on someone else.”

How has that influence impacted Daniel? He got serious and told me; “Academically I probably wouldn’t have been on the same level as I am today. And physically, sports, they encouraged me to do a lot of things. Try new things.”

What advice does Nate give to someone that is thinking about being a Big Brother?  He put it simply and to the point; “A small time commitment can make a huge difference in a little’s life.”
These stories deserve to be told. These are Utah Caring Stories. I’m Doug Jessop, ABC4 News.
To see more Utah Caring Stories and to nominate a person or group for me to profile, go to ABC4.com/Caring.

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