The study, in partnership with Public/Private Ventures and supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies, involved a large-scale random assessment of Big Brothers Big Sisters School Based Mentoring (SBM) programs. Big Brothers Big Sisters currently utilizes nearly 50,000 high school-aged mentors in its programs nationwide.
While indicative of promising practices and high-quality relationships, the high school mentor matches rated lower in tested outcomes, including academic performance, social behavior and attendance.
With more carefully outlined participation guidelines and the adoption of recommendations related to consistency, communication and training, the study concludes that the high school mentoring programs have the capacity to increase their benefit to youth and yield desired outcomes.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors children, ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country - including yours.The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth. Visit http://www.bbbs.org.
The 5 Promises represent conditions children need to achieve adult success. The collective work of the Alliance involves keeping these promises to America’s youth. This article relates to the promises highlighted below: