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Big Brothers Big Sisters releases its first‐ever Youth Outcomes Report, providing even more evidence that its mentoring programs have positive academic, socio‐emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth who face adversity

Youth in Big Brothers Big Sisters Programs Show Improvements in Academic, Behavioral and Socio-Emotional Outcomes


"Over the past several years, the evaluation field has been moving steadily toward more rigorous methodology. I applaud Big Brothers Big Sisters’ long-standing commitment to quality and the organization’s thoughtful use of data and evaluation to understand and improve its programs. YOS will support Big Brothers Big Sisters’ already strong leadership of top-notch mentoring programs for our nation’s youth."

Dr. Carla Herrera

Big Brothers Big Sisters releases its first-ever Youth Outcomes Report, providing even more evidence that its mentoring programs have positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth who face adversity.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters 2011 Youth Outcomes Survey Report shows statistically significant improvements for youth throughout the first year of enrollment in the organization’s nationwide mentoring program in three targeted outcome areas – educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors and socio-emotional competency. Developed in partnership with Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) and Dr. Jean Rhodes, University of Massachusetts Boston, the survey is a critical component of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ system to continually evaluate and enhance its programs to achieve and increase both individual and community impact. The Youth Outcomes Survey tracks each mentee’s progress in real time throughout the mentoring relationship, using measures that researchers have linked to long-term outcomes such as high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency, and college or job readiness.

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Download an executive summary of the 2011 Youth Outcomes Survey report.

"Over the past several years, the evaluation field has been moving steadily toward more rigorous methodology,” said P/PV’s Dr. Carla Herrera. “I applaud Big Brothers Big Sisters’ long-standing commitment to quality and the organization’s thoughtful use of data and evaluation to understand and improve its programs."

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Youth Outcomes Survey reflects changes in youth after being matched with a mentor either one year in the organization’s Community-Based program or one academic year in its School-Based program. It measures youth impact in eight areas: social acceptance; scholastic competency; grades; educational expectations; attitudes toward risk; parental trust; truancy; and presence of a special adult. By measuring changes in three strategic areas—school related performance, risky behaviors and socio-emotional competency, the survey builds on two longstanding research studies conducted by P/PV that found youth enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs experienced positive improvements in all of those areas.

"The new Youth Outcomes Report substantiates what we get the opportunity to see first-hand—that our programs are having a positive, life-changing impact in multiple areas that are directly linked to future success. This is a real milestone as we hold ourselves accountable to the children and families we serve, and our volunteers, donors and community partners who provide the resources that make our work possible," said Keith RhodesCEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County.

Highlights from the 2011 Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Survey Report include:

  • 83.5 % of youth in Big Brothers Big Sisters Community-Based mentoring program and 73.4% in its School-Based program maintained an average or above average score(1) or improved in all three targeted areas (educational-related success, avoidance of risky behaviors and socio-emotional competency);
  • Statistically significant improvement was found in 6 of 8 outcome measures for Big Brothers Big Sisters Community-Based mentoring program and 5 of 8 outcome measures for its School-Based program;
  • 97.9% and 96.6% of youth maintained an average or above average score(1) or indicated improvement in the area of socio-emotional competence for Big Brothers Big Sisters Community-Based and its School-Based programs, respectively;
  • 88.8% and 83.4% of youth maintained an average or above average score(1) or indicated improvement in the area of avoidance of risky behaviors for Big Brothers Big Sisters Community-Based and School-Based programs, respectively;
  • 94.5% and 95.2% of youth maintained an average or above average score(1) or indicated improvement in the area of educational success for Big Brothers Big Sisters Community-Based and School-Based programs, respectively;
  • 91.5% of youth showed improvement or maintained an average or above average score(1) across at least 3 of 8 outcome measures in Big Brothers Big Sisters Community-Based programs; and 89.4% in its School-Based program.

(1) Maintaining and improving was determined by whether a child scored at or above the mean at baseline and maintained that score at follow-up or had a higher score at follow-up compared to baseline.

 

About Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, including educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children ("Littles") with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches in building safe, enduring relationships. The first-ever Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Summary, released in 2012, substantiates that its mentoring programs have proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 100-year history. With about 350 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves nearly 630,000 children, volunteers and families. Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life, donate or volunteer at BigBrothersBigSisters.org.

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