… that Big Brothers Big Sisters is the largest youth mentoring organization of its kind?
… that the average match length for metro Atlanta community-based matches is almost three years, far exceeding the national average?
… that parents, volunteers and children participating in the program, overwhelmingly report a positive experience?
… that Littles in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program have higher levels of parental trust?
… that Littles in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program have higher levels of social acceptance by their peers?
… that Littles in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program have higher levels of scholastic competence?
… that out of almost six million youth (ages 16 to 24) who are disconnected from school and the workforce1:
· 39% live in poverty?
· 33% have dropped out of school?
· 46% have only earned a high school diploma as a highest degree?
… that Littles in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program improve their grades?
… that the Mentoring Towards College program is designed to help 4th-12th grade students successfully matriculate through secondary school, graduate from high school, and complete a college or post-secondary educational program?
… that results after 12 months of continuous Mentoring through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program include:
· 92.5% of students reported sustained positive or improved attitudes regarding graduating high school on time
· 88% improved attitudes about obtaining positive educationally-related outcomes
· 78% made improvements in scholastic competence
· 72.8% reported higher levels of scholastic competence
· 63.6% made improvements in performance in core subjects
· 56% improved in overall GPA
· 39% decreased in chronic school tardiness over three years
· 17% decreased in unexcused absence
…that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta serves more than 3,000 Littles annually in 12 metro Atlanta counties and has supported the needs of over 70,000 children within the last 50 years?
… that Littles in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program have greater concern for peers and the community?
GETTING INVOLVED FACTS:
…that it only takes a couple of hours a week to improve the life of a child through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program?
… that it costs no money to make a difference in the life of a child?
… that Big Brothers Big Sisters takes great care in matching mentors with children who share similar interests, hobbies and personality traits?
… that once you become a Big in the program, professional support staff are available to help you with any questions or concerns regarding your match relationship?
… that Bigs do not need any specialized training or experience to be a positive influence in the life of a child?
… that you can sign up to be a Big Brother or Big Sister by clicking here or donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta by clicking here?
1 Measure of America: Ranking Youth Disconnection in the 25 Largest Metro Areas, September 13, 2012, http://www.measureofamerica.org/
Children matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister show improvements in confidence, academic performance and competence in just one year.
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