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In 2012, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Dane County (BBBS) provide over 800 children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that empowered them to change their lives through positive role modeling.  Surveys are conducted annually to assess the short-term impact of BBBS mentoring.  In 2012, 58% of the children currently in our program improved or maintained (at an acceptable level) their academic performance, 56% improved or maintained (at an acceptable level) their school attendance, 74% reduced their attitueds towards risky behavior and 81% improved or maintained their education expectations (which include views on their likelihood of finishing high school, going to college and finishing college). 

But what is the long-term impact? In 2009, Harris Interactive conducted a study on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America that found that our donor-supported network of volunteer mentors for youth breaks cycles  linked to poverty. The study compared adults mentored as children through Big Brothers Big Sisters with peers who had similar backgrounds growing up but were not involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and found that adults who had been "Littles" were more likely to have four-year college degrees, earn incomes greater than $75,000, had better relationships with friends, family and colleagues and were more engaged in their community.  The statistical significance of a past  "Little's" ability to break the cycle of poverty was linked to the length of time a child was matched to their mentor.  Our ability to maintain Matches is tracked by a metric called "Average Match Length" (AML).  Based on the data from the Harris Interactive Research we strive to ensure Matches last at least 2 years.  In 2012, we maintained an Average Match Length of 36 months (significantly greater than the national AML of 24.7 months).

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters live in single-parent and low-income families, or households where a parent is incarcerated. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”). Providing a system of ongoing evaluation and support, Big Brothers Big Sisters is proven by independent studies to help families by improving the odds that Littles will perform better in school and avoid violence and illegal activities, and have stronger relationships with their parents and others. Headquartered in Philadelphia with a network of nearly 400 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves a quarter million children annually.


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