They're close as sisters: Brooklyn foster teen Chardae Salters (l.), 16, with son, Jeremiah, and her
supportive "big sister," mentor Marisol Alvarado
The storybook character Cinderella and Brooklyn foster teen Chardae Salters have quite a bit in common.
Salters, 16, will soon be going to a fancy ball, all dressed in a beautiful outfit and fancy shoes, just like Cinderella.
And while there's no fairy godmother to magically convert a subway car into a horse-driven coach, there is a kind and supportive big sister in Salters' life - Marisol Alvarado
"We love to make each other laugh," said Alvarado, a coordinator at the Sunset Park Even Start Family Literacy Partnership.
The two will be in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria on April 24 to celebrate the 102nd anniversary of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City.
They will tell more than 1,000 guests about the success of the group's Young Mothers Mentoring Program.
became Salter's big sister in the fall of 2004, two months before Salters gave birth to her
has been a major part of Salters' support system.
"When I'm sad, I call her
," Salters said of Alvarado
Alvarado, who grew up in California, said she first became a big sister while attending the University of California at Santa Barbara.
and Salters enjoy shopping, going to movies, the park and the beach.
They like to eat out and take baby Jeremiah on excursions.
And while it may take a few years for Salters to settle on a Prince Charming, she
does have goals.
envisions college and law school.
"And one day," she
said, "I plan to become a big sister."