Mentoring Makes A Big Difference

Mentored youth do better in many areas of their lives. It’s the measurable gains in academic performance. It’s the child who transforms from withdrawn to confident. It’s the young adult who now has hope and a plan for their future.

And that’s why the Big Brothers Big Sisters mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Why Mentoring Works.

Unbeatable Ratio. Only mentoring provides long-lasting, one-to-one relationships. Little Brothers and Little Sisters receive undivided attention, uninterrupted conversations and unwavering support. Mentors are consistent — even when home, school and friends are not.

Lasts Through Life’s Transitions. Children are matched at an average age of 9, when they’re still eager to build strong friendships with a caring adult. As the child reaches critical moments in their life — transitioning to middle school, choosing the rigor of their high school classes, navigating post-secondary options — those relationships have already established a deep level of trust.

Impacts All Facets of A Child’s Life. Little Brothers and Little Sisters do better in school then their unmentored peers and are more likely to attend college. The impacts of one-to-one mentoring go beyond academic success — they also make better decisions and have stronger social-emotional skills, which are often predictors of success.

Taking Big Steps Toward Success.

Little Brothers and Little Sisters build strong and enduring, one-to-one relationships with their Bigs — and that bond helps children who are facing adversity beat the odds.

Consider that compared with their non-mentored peers, Little Brothers and Little Sisters are:
75% more likely to receive a college degree
52% less likely to skip school
46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs

View the full study here

And there’s more. Lots more.

To see more results, check out our 2016 Annual Report or 2016 At-A-Glance.

YOU Can Make A Difference In A Young Person’s Life.

Take a little step toward starting something big today. Find out how to be a Big Brother or Big Sister, enroll a Little Brother or Little Sister, or make a donation that supports life-changing friendships.