Researchers found that after 18 months of spending time with their Bigs, Little Brothers and Little Sisters (compared to those children not in our program) were:
46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs,
52% less likely to skip school, and
33% less likely to hit someone.
In a survey of former Littles,
81% agreed their Big gave them hope,
77% reported doing better in school because of their Big,
52% agreed their Big kept them from dropping out of high school,
67% agreed their Big played a role in their decision to attend college,
84% agreed their Big taught them the importance of helping others,
85% agreed their experience influenced them overcoming adversity or problems,
83% agreed their Big instilled guiding values and principles,
90% agreed their Big made them feel better about themselves, and
86% said their relationship with their Big has helped them make better choices throughout their adult life.
And alumni of our program were:
75% more likely to receive a four-year college degree,
39% more likely to have current household incomes of $75,000, and Much more likely to be extremely or very satisfied in their relationships with friends (72%), family (65%) and spouses (62%). And it's not just Littles who benefit! This research found 69% of Bigs view themselves as champions for children! Find out more and read the studies.