Every girl has potential. At Big Sister, we help girls realize that potential by matching them with a mentor who will give them the attention, care, and support necessary to make healthy choices in their lives.
We know girls in Greater Boston need our mentoring programs. The bolded data below was compiled in 2011 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System Survey of girls in Boston, grades 9-12. It highlights the distinct challenges facing Boston’s girls today. The bulleted data come from our Program Outcome Evaluation, developed by the Search Institute in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. This data demonstrates the positive impact mentoring can have on the challenges girls face. Values of more than 70% are considered significant results.
24.2% of high school aged girls in Boston reported being in a physical fight
31.9% of high school aged girls in Boston felt sad or hopeless almost every day for two or more weeks in a row so that they stopped doing some usual activities
16.5% of girls in Boston reported drinking five or more drinks in a sitting at least once in the past 30 days, and 23.9% of girls in Boston reported having been offered, sold or given drugs at their school at least once in the past 12 months
"Since the youths’ satisfaction and perceived helpfulness of mentors increased over time, mentors should be supported in developing their mentoring relationships, and instructed that it may take time for their mentees, especially girls, to trust them, accept their support, and enjoy their time together."
"For many of the girls in this study, opportunities to immerse themselves in the pleasure of fun moments, shared with an adult companion who was interested in and cared about them, were experiences that seemed to be emotionally enhancing in and of themselves."
"...the majority of youth in this study report that meeting with their mentors and involvement in the mentoring programs have had positive impacts in terms of improving school-related behavior, increasing youth development, and reducing negative or high-risk behaviors."
"By the end of the first school year, the program had improved Littles’ outcomes in a range of areas, including their academic attitudes, performance and behaviors."