- 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
- 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
- 52% less likely to skip school
- 37% less likely to skip a class
- 33% less likely to hit someone
They also found that the Littles were more confident of their performance in schoolwork and getting along better with their families.
“We have known all along that Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentoring has a long-lasting, positive effect on children’s confidence, grades, and social skills,” affirms Karen J. Mathis, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s President and CEO, “and the results of this impact study scientifically confirm that belief.”
BBBS of SW Colorado: During the past twenty-six years, we have assisted over 3,000 children through our community-based and school-based one-to-one mentoring programs. Our vision is to create and support successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them, contributing to the achievement of improved academic performance and substance-abuse avoidance, healthier self-confidence and relationships, and stronger communities for all.
While I can share our thanks, what really matters is the impact! So, from the words of one of our Littles:
“When I am with my Big, I am happy and relaxed … He’s like a real brother. There’s nothing I can’t say to him.” -Adam, age 12