Our impact on self-confidence and aspirations
Think back to when you were young. Who helped you to believe in yourself and what you could accomplish? Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors, donors, families, advocates and supporters work hard to encourage and support today's children. When those children believe in themselves and what they can accomplish, they'll enjoy better relationships with their friends, families, and peers and help to create safer, stronger communities.
Our landmark study
Our impact upon a child's well-being is evident in longstanding research conducted by Public Private Ventures in 1992 and 1993. When comparing those children matched with a mentor to those waiting to be served by Big Brothers Big Sisters, these researchers found that Little Brothers and Little Sisters had a higher level of trust in their parent. They were 37 percent less likely than their peers to report lying to their parents.
What our Littles say
Our impact on our Little's self confidence is confirmed by those closest to it: our Littles. In a 2009, we commissioned industry leader Civic Enterprises to conduct a nationwide survey of our Bigs and Littles. The results speak volumes about the ways in which Big Brothers Big Sisters helps to change a child's life for the better, forever:
Despite the barriers they face, 94% of Littles said they have a lot or some confidence they will achieve their goals
93% of Littles said to have adults who care and look out for them is very important to helping them achieve their goals.
80% of Littles said they feel their Bigs help them a lot.
What our alumni say
Our impact on a child's self-confidence and emotional well-being is felt long after Littles graduate from high school. In 2009, Harris Interactive conducted an online survey of alumni Littles from across the nation. Among those former Littles
90% agreed their Big made them feel better about themselves.
86% agreed they lead a fulfilling life.
72% said they are satisfied or extremely satisfied with their relationships with friends.