Mentoring Report Studies Big Brothers Big Sisters

Using data from the Big Brothers Big Sisters high school Bigs program, the report High School Students as Mentors: Findings From the Big Brothers Big Sisters School-Based Mentoring Impact Study addresses the questions of capacity and effectiveness of high school students as consistent, positive role models for young people.

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.   

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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