- Littles felt more confident of their ability to complete their school work than children who did not have mentors.
- Research has also demonstrated that youth who feel more confident in school tend to be more engaged and perform better.
- Littles missed 52% less school days than their peers who did not have mentors.
- Littles were 30% less likely to skip a day of school than those in a control group.
- Greater high school graduation and college admission rates.
Good adult role models, like the mentors that are selected and trained by BBBSRI help children cope with peer pressure, think through the consequences of their actions, and to become involved in socially acceptable activities.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters pass on a greater appreciation for scholastic achievement to their Littles by showing that they value education, and by taking an active interest in a youth’s progress at school. Studies show that children who have participated in Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentoring program improve academically, personally, and emotionally.
Other Beneficial Outcomes
- Littles were 45.8% less likely to start using drugs and alcohol.
- This outcome was far more substantial for minority youths, jumping to a 70% decreased likelihood to begin using drugs and alcohol.
- Littles reported a 32% decrease in the frequency of hitting others from the 12 months prior to being mentored.
- Littles reported an increased trust in their parents. Due to this increased trust, Littles also reported improved communications with their parents.
- Littles also reported lying to their parents 37% less than children who did not have mentors.
The benefits our local Littles get from their Bigs are measurable and impressive:
- 82% showed improved self-confidence
- 79.8% were better able to express their feelings
- 66.3% developed better decision-making skills
- 63.1% improved their academic performance
Our goals are simple—to develop caring, confident, and competent children who stay in school, off drugs, and out of trouble, by matching them with the caring, consistent, safe role models they need.