With the help of our donors, volunteers and partners, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes a Big impact on children's education. The effect has been confirmed by study after study and can be tracked and monitored using our best-in-class measurement tools.
Our Landmark Study
Our impact on education is evident in longstanding research conducted by Public Private Ventures in 1992 and 1993. When comparing those children matched with a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor to those waiting to be served by Big Brothers Big Sisters, these researchers found that:
- Littles skipped half as many days of school as did their peers.
- Littles felt more competent about doing schoolwork.
- Littles skipped fewer classes than did their peers.
Children that are in school, in class, and engaged in their work are more likely to succeed.
What our current Littles say
Our impact on education is confirmed by those closest to it: our Littles. In a 2009, we commissioned industry leader Civic Enterprises to conduct a nationwide survey of our Bigs and Littles. The results speak volumes about the passion for education held by children enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs:
- 97% of Littles said working hard in school is very important.
- 95% of Littles said going to school and getting a good education is very important.
- 94% of Littles said graduating from college is very important.
Children that work hard, recognize the value of education, and set their aspirations towards college are more likely to succeed.
What our alumni say
Our impact on education is felt long after Littles graduate from high school. In 2009, Harris Interactive conducted an online survey of alumni Littles from across the nation. Among those former Littles:
- 77% reported doing better in school because of their Big.
- 65% agreed their Big helped them reach a higher level of education that they thought possible.
- 52% agreed their Big kept them from dropping out of high school.
Children that graduate from high school, perform well in school, realize achievements greater than their expectations are successful in school and in life.