Research tells us that Little Brothers and Sisters reap the benefits of having a mentor: Stronger relationships with parents and peers, improved decision-making, better grades, increased self-confidence.*
Here at JBBBS, we’ve encountered many thousands of children whose lives have been impacted by relationships with Big Brothers and Sisters. They grow up inspired. They grow up to inspire. Some of them go on to big colleges, big careers. Some of them even grow up to become Big Brothers and Sisters themselves.
Before a child or teen is enrolled in a JBBBS program, Programs staff interview the child and his or her parent(s) to learn a little more about the child and the family and to determine, conclusively, that the child qualifies for services here. (In the Community program, a staff person might pay a visit to the family’s home.) Afterwards, staff assess whether any ready-to-be-matched Big Brothers or Sisters on our roster would be a good fit for the child/teen and, if so, make a presentation to the child and his or her family. An in-person meeting is arranged, with clinical staff present, after which the child – in concert with his or her family and the volunteer – decides whether to move forward with the match. How long it takes to identify a right-fit match depends on a number of factors: Child and family preference, availability of volunteers and geography, among them.
*PPV study, 1995.