About Us: 2021 NJ Big Brother of the Year Ernest Ebanks
& Little Brother of the Year Dreveon
Ernest Ebanks of Mount Olive Township and his Little Brother Dreveon of Rockaway were matched in Morris County in March of 2016, and in addition to being named our Big Brother & Little Brother of the Year, they are also being honored as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal & Northern New Jersey’s Big Brother & Little Brother of the Year.
Dreveon was without a consistent male figure in his life and going through the process of being in a new school in a new town. A friendship built on his and Ernest’s common interest and love for sports blossomed into a wonderful mentorship. Frequently attending and watching football games and simply spending one on one time together has grown this match into what Dreveon, Ernest, and Dreveon’s mother call “family.”
“I feel so blessed to be a part of such a great organization, which afforded me the opportunity to be a good influence and role model for my little brother. I love being able to enjoy different experiences with Dreveon and helping him to grow into a mature young man. ”
– Big Brother Ernest
Ernest ignited a fire in Dreveon by encouraging him with academics & building his self-esteem. Once stating that he felt he would not be able to achieve going to college, Dreveon has now started to look at colleges he would like to attend in the future. Both Dreveon and his mother have expressed that Ernest is one of the main reasons why Dreveon is more confident in himself and has followed along a positive path. Dreveon has shared that due to his positive experience in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program with Ernest, he plans on being a Big one day himself to mentor a child in need.