Achieving Social-Emotional & Academic Outcomes

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).

Social Acceptance

Associated with peer relations and conduct which are linked to higher grades and graduation rates.

Scholastic Competence

Associated with improved school performance which is linked to improved grades.

Educational Expectations

Associated with hope for a higher education or educational success which is linked to academic achievement, high school graduation, and college attendance.


Associated with actual grades which are linked to internalizing behaviors for girls, and high school graduation rates.

Attitudes Toward Risky Behaviors

Associated with actual risky behaviors which are linked to negative outcomes later in life

Special Adult (non-parent)

Associated with improved school attendance, attitudes toward school and parent trust which are linked to improved grades and decreased delinquency.

Parental Trust

Associated with positive parental relationships which are linked to decreased risky behavior and better school performance.

Sister Spotlight On Highschool Mentoring BS Ashna & Comcast Coach Nicole

Big Sister Ashna is a junior at Boston Latin Academy. While teen girls are often thought of strictly as Little Sisters, Ashna is one of the nearly 50 female students from BLA who volunteer as Big Sisters in our High School Mentoring Academy. These teen Big Sisters are matched with Little Sisters from the nearby Trotter Innovation School where they meet weekly. 

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