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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.
National research 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
-Improved health outcomes (reduction in teen pregnancy, alcohol and drug use)
-Reduced juvenile crime
-Reduced adult crime
-Reduced need for social services
(Wilder Research, 2007)
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.
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 a benefit/cost ratio of $2.72 (2007). This means that for every dollar invested in Big Brothers Big Sisters, the community receives a return of $2.72.
Mentoring relationships help ensure the success of children and impact their lives, the lives of their families, the lives of the mentors, and the community at large.