Today Jon and I signed up for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program! Last week at the Global Leadership Summit, one of the speakers mentioned how thousands of children remain on the waiting list – some for up to two years – waiting for someone to be willing to spend four hours a month with them. That broke my heart.
Actually, my step dad, Jerome, has been a big brother to the same boy (now almost man) for many years and I know that Jerome’s influence in his life has meant a lot. His “little” was even standing next to me and my sister when Jerome married my mom. So I’ve been hearing about the program for years through Jerome, and I’ve seen advertisements here and there, but for some reason I never thought to sign up.
On the Big Brothers, Big Sisters website today I saw some really impressive statistics about the program. Not only is it a good thing to do, but apparently it actually works in terms of making a difference in kid’s lives.
67% of former Littles surveyed agree that their Big played a role in their decision to attend college.
81% of former Littles surveyed agree their Big gave them hope & changed their perspective of what they thought possible.
84% of former Littles surveyed agree their experience influenced them in showing understanding to those less fortunate.
85% of former Littles surveyed agree their experience influenced them in overcoming adversity or problems with courage.
84% of former Littles surveyed agree that their Big taught them the importance of helping others.
83% of former Littles surveyed agree that their Big instilled values and principles that have guided them through life.
By participating in our programs, Little Brothers and Sisters are:
- more confident in their schoolwork performance
- able to get along better with their families
- 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
- 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
- 52% less likely to skip school