Big Bother and Big Sister Essay

908 Words May 19th, 2013 4 Pages
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) is the largest youth mentoring organization in the United States. The organization provides one-to-one mentoring relationships between children and adults. Its purpose is to provide friendship, emotional support, and guidance to youth through their involvement with positive role models. BBBSA's national motto is "making a difference, one child at a time."
According to the Big Brother Big Sister Association of Cincinnati, the idea of developing one-to-one mentoring relationships can be traced back to 1903. Irvin Wertheimer, a Cincinnati businessman, is acknowledged as the creator of the Big Brother/Big Sister concept. He had seen a young boy and his dog scrounging for food in a trash can.
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The two groups were compared after 18 months.
A few of the most noteworthy results included: Little Brothers and Little Sisters were 46% less likely than controls to initiate drug use during the study period. An even stronger effect was found for minority youth, who were 70% less likely to initiate drug use. Little Brothers and Little Sisters were 27% less likely than controls to initiate alcohol use during the study period, and minority Little Sisters were only about 50% as likely to initiate alcohol use. Little Brothers and Little Sisters were almost one-third less likely than controls to hit someone. Little Brothers and Little Sisters skipped half as many days of school as did control youth, felt more competent about doing schoolwork, skipped fewer classes and showed modest gains in their grade point averages
Big Brothers Big Sisters relies heavily on volunteerism and financial support in order to deliver the organizations programs and services. Although volunteer standards for Big Brothers and Sisters can vary by each independent association, adult mentor volunteers are typically required to be 19 years or older, able to make a six-month commitment, and willing to spend time with their Little Brother or Sister two to four times per month.
Big Brothers Big Sisters depends on financial support from various sources. Public and private foundations, the United

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