Mentor Mondays: Impact

(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – Think about the relationship you have with your closest friend.

The laughs, the inside jokes, and experiences together. That’s what Big Brothers Big Sisters offers to thousands of kids every year.

One-to-one matches between Bigs and Littles truly empower youth and strengthen communities. Professional staff from BBBS carefully build ad support each match and ensure it meets the strictest standards.

The BBBS staff not only pursues matches with a driven passion to ensure safety, but they also have a focus on compatibility to ensure the matches are harmonious and built to last.

Mandy, a Little Sister in the program through Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio explained her relationship over the last four years with her Big, Brooke, has become something she gets excited about and looks forward to, “getting to spend time with my Big and all the fun activities,” she explained.

In 2018 more than 145,000 Littles were served by the BBBS network. Matches surveyed in 0218 made significant improvements from baseline to follow-up in all seven outcome areas: parental trust, attitudes towards risky behaviors, grades, educational expectations, confidence in doing schoolwork (scholastic competence), sense of belonging among peers, (social acceptance), and the presence of a special adult.

After at least one year of mentoring, over 94% of Community-Based and over 91% of Site-Based Littles report they feel they have a special adult in their life.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and local chapters like BBBS of East Central Ohio, ask that you don’t just look at the organization as matchmakers. Ongoing support and supervision to the Big, the Little and the Little’s family are ingrained in everything the organization does. From training and advice to ensuring the match is working for everyone involved, BBBS team members are there every step of the way.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the country’s largest evidence-based mentoring organization. Staff members are committed to continuously evaluating and improving the quality of services provided to youth and the community.

When asked what she would say to someone who may be thinking about getting involved Mandy added, “That it’s a lot of fun. It helps you meet new people and make stronger friendships.”

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