Ilijah spent one of the first days of his summer vacation swimming and splashing in Beaver Creek. He would like more opportunities to do so during the coming hot months.
"I like to go swimming, especially in creeks or rivers," Ilijah said.
One of four siblings, Ilijah would like a Big Brother to spend some quality time with. He would benefit from some one-on-one attention.
"Sometimes when my Mom goes to work, I have to go with her," Ilijah explained. "And I sometimes have to help with the babies."
Ilijah, 7, will be going into second grade at the Clarkdale-Jerome School. His favorite subject is math.
"He (Ilijah) is shy at first, but he's also very friendly," his mom said. "He's very loving and caring. He's so sweet to babies and animals and little kids."
When he gets matched with a Big, Ilijah said the first thing he wants to do is go out and get some chocolate ice cream. He also has many other interests, including watching movies, riding his scooter, going to the skatepark, and playing soccer and football.
If you think you might be the perfect Big Brother or Big Sister for Ilijah or another child, call Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters at 928-634-9789, or visit www.azbigs.org.