In 1995, the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) mentoring approach drew critical attention as an effective prevention model and helped bring the power of mentoring to the attention of the nation. A landmark study conducted by an independent research firm, Public Private Ventures, found that participation in BBBS mentoring programs dramatically reduced the onset of drug/alcohol use and delinquent behaviors among youth.
The study concluded that children matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister for a year or more were
- 46% less likely to start using drugs,
- 27% less likely to start drinking,
- 52% less likely to skip a day of school
- 33% less likely to hit someone
(as compared to waiting list peers).
A follow-up study (1999) examined the effectiveness of BBBS school-based mentoring approach and again found success. The majority of children matched with BBBS mentors improved their grades, attitudes towards school, and their relationships with peers and teachers.
Evaluation of Local Program
Our programs in Hancock & Washington Counties are evaluated annually. The results of our 2001 program evaluation found that local children matched with Big Brothers or Big Sisters for a year or more are:
- Doing better in school………49%
- Not using drugs or alcohol…..98%
- More confident……………..70%
- More positive about their futures…50%
- Improving their Relationships……49%