Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Children need trustworthy adults in their lives who will listen, take an interest in them and be there in times of need. For most children this need is met through family and family friends. For some children, however, this need is not met and they struggle to grow and achieve their potential.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) mentoring programme has been developed for just these children. BBBS began over 100 years ago and has grown into the most widely established and reputable mentoring organisation in the world.
Why is mentoring so important? Because it makes such a significant difference!
International research on BBBS mentoring has shown that:
- Mentored youth were 46% less likely to initiate drug.
- Mentored youth were one third less likely to hit someone.
- Mentored youth truanted half as many days of school as others.
- Mentored youth had better quality relationships with their parents.
- Mentored youth had improved relationships with their peers.
While BBBS mentoring cannot solve every youth issue nor is the appropriate option in many cases, it has a very significant role to play in ensuring that New Zealand's youth have the opportunity to grow into the best adult they can be.
The BBBS model of volunteer mentors being coached and monitored regularly by professional case managers has proven to be very cost effective and a safe model for youth.
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