Lucia Solano met her “big sister” ten years ago when she was a ninth grader in high school, and ten years later their friendship is still going strong.
Former Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel was Solano’s mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters.
“She was so driven for herself but also how much she loved her family, her siblings and her mother,” Zabel said.
Solano wanted to be a lawyer, so the two had a special bond, which has since blossomed into a friendship outside of the mentorship program.
“Being a first-generation college student, it was a bit difficult, like my mom didn’t know the whole process, but my sister did, so she kind of walked me through it, so that’s meaningful. for everything I was able to do,” Solano said.
Since 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters has empowered our communities by matching volunteers with young people to foster success, like Zabel and Solano.
“It warms my heart because there are so many relationships, so many friendships that have lasted over the years and the impact of mentorship is not unique, it is literally a family relationship,” said Gale Nelson, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami.
After degrees and previous careers, the two women are now entrepreneurs and give each other business advice. Solano is the owner of 360 Panoramic Entertainment and Zabel has a dispute resolution services company.