Matt & Ryan

In 1995, Matt Frangiosa was a recent college graduate eager to get involved in the community. In August of that year, he was matched with his Little Brother, Ryan, a 10-year-old from Conshohocken. Ryan lived with his single mom and two older sisters who were high school drop-outs. Matt described his Little as “a good kid who needed a positive influence.”

After they were matched, Matt and Ryan did a lot together, like going to the arcade and Big Brothers Big Sisters’ events in the community. Wherever they were, Big Brother Matt always encouraged Ryan to stay in school and make good choices. “There was a lot of peer pressure in his high school, and talking about it really bonded us,” Matt said. “Being exposed to risky behaviors and seeing the path his sisters took could have made it easier for him to give in to temptation, but he always came to me to talk things through.”

Little Brother Ryan went on to graduate high school and went right into the working world. He is now in his twenties, continues to work in the area and is taking classes at a local college. Matt and Ryan continue to keep in touch and talk on a weekly basis.

Matt says his experience as a Big Brother drastically impacted his life. For a number of years, he served on the Events Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Montgomery County; and in 2008, Matt founded his own non-profit, Feel the Warmth, which provides winter coats, school supplies and toys to children in need.

Photos: Matt and Ryan in 1995; Matt and Ryan with Matt’s nieces and nephew.

More Mentoring Matches

Inspiration Story

Kelly & Keisha

Once a year, our Match Activities Committee mails packages of congratulatory letters and books to Littles graduating from elementary school, middle school and high school. Little Sister Keisha...

Alumni Story

Chris & John

Chris Miles and his "Big Brother" John have been matched since Chris was only 11 years old. Chris was named the Alumni of the year in 2017. They received their award at the first ever Building BIG...

Inspiration Video

Raven & Avalyn

Big Sister Marie and Little Sister Raven are the 2017 Female Match of the year. They received their award at the first ever Building BIG Awards, which where held at the Electric Factory in...

Inspiration Video

Justin & Michael

Big Brother Mike and Little Brother Justin are the 2017 Male Match of the year. They received their award at the first ever Building BIG Awards, which where held at the Electric Factory in...

Inspiration Story

Maureen & Kaiya

Kenya signed up her daughter, Kaiya, for Big Brothers Big Sisters hoping to fill the void that was left from the absence of her father. For the past two years, Big Sister Maureen has done just...

Share Your Story

Stories from Big's, Littles, current participants, or Alumni, play a significant role in our success and future growth in the communities we serve.

Submit Yours