Our mentoring has a significant, positive impact on girls’ lives across a broad spectrum of developmental outcomes. We measure success of current Little Sisters with an evidenced-based tool designed by Jean Rhodes of UMass Boston's Donahue Institute; and we partner with researchers and experts to further knowledge and improve practice in the field of mentoring.These measurements are applied to our Community-Based Mentoring (CBM) program and our Site-Based Mentoring program (SBM).
We include maintenance of positive outcomes along with improvements in our overall measures which indicate that Little Sisters are developing resiliency against risk factors they may face in their lives. This tool processes YOS data using the Reliable Change Index to determine meaningful change in scores. Because the index incorporates a margin of error and can determine between “significant improvement” and “trending toward significant improvement” in girls’ positive outcomes, the data we report will provide a more statistically rigorous analysis.
According to this tool, the Youth Outcomes Survey, Little Sisters in our programs experience notable improvement developmental areas that include:
Additionally, a 2011 survey of former Little Sisters indicated that girls in our programs are more likely to graduate from high school, 96% of Little Sisters graduate; and enroll in post-secondary education, 90% of Little Sisters enroll in college.