Have you ever had someone in your life that made a huge impact on you but was not your parent or guardian? What kind of impact on your life did they make? Would you be willing to make that same positive impact on a child’s life?
“Big Brothers Big Sisters has been around since 1904 and is the largest mentoring program in the United States. The program was designed by a New York City court clerk, Ernest Coulter. He decided to start a program because he was seeing a lot of young boys come through his court room. He then decided that these kids could be saved if they had a positive role model in their life so he started to look for volunteers. That marked the starting point of Big Brothers Big Sisters.”
“Around the same time another group called Catholic Big Sisters was forming. They helped young girls who came through the New York Children’s Court. Both groups worked independently until 1977 when they combined and became Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.”
One program that Big Brothers Big Sisters offer is the community based program which is where the mentor supports the child and helps him or her develop through positive interactions. With community based the mentor and mentee spends more time together each week doing something fun and positive. The match between the two is the most important part because making a match can lead to a caring and supportive relationship. Studies have shown that children who have a role model are more likely to improve their relationship in school and at home.
“Researchers found that after 18 months of spending time with their Bigs, the Little Brothers and Little Sisters, compared to those children not in our program, were:
They also found that the Littles were more confident of their performance in schoolwork and getting along better with their families.”