Changing perspectives. Changing lives.
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides an established system of youth mentoring with ongoing evaluation and support that is proven to help children in our program become productive, educated citizens who create value in our community. Since 1969 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life.
Our 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
That all children achieve success in life
Our Programs change lives
Big Brothers Big Sisters holds itself accountable for children in the program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, educational success, and avoidance of delinquency and other risky behaviors.
Wilder Research (2007) has shown that positive relationships between "Littles" and their "Bigs" have a direct and measurable impact on children's lives. Youth that participate in mentoring relationships demonstrated the following benefits:
- Improved school attendance and performance
- Increased graduation rates
- Higher lifetime earnings
- Reduced truancy
- Improved health outcomes (reduction in teen pregnancy, alcohol and drug use)
- Reduced juvenile crime
- Reduced adult crime
- Reduced need for social services
Social Return on Investment (SROI) studies conducted by Wilder Research and the University of Minnesota found that the SROI on mentoring programs has been determined to be $2.72 per dollar invested.