"Our work is as elementary as putting a friend in a child's life, and as essential as putting hope into a child's future."
Big Brothers of America is the oldest youth mentoring organization in the country. BBA has provided one-to-one mentoring relationships between adult volunteers and children at risk since 1904. BBA currently serves over 100,000 children and youth in more than 500 agencies throughout all of the United States.
What is a Big Brother? Big Brothers are caring adults who act as mentors to children from primarily single parent homes. Men and women from all cultural and educational backgrounds help guide their Little Brothers toward bright futures by sharing life experiences. "Bigs" and "Littles" enjoy school work, sports, recreational activities, movies, museums, and simply talking during regular visits. Bigs are many things to their Littles, but most importantly, they are trusted friends.
What does it take to be a Big Brother? Volunteers who can commit several hours a week to a child for at least one year are the candidates BBA is seeking. A professionally trained staff screens all applicants thoroughly before "matching" them with waiting children, and trained case managers maintain consistent contact with the Big, Little and parent/guardian. Being a Big Brother means listening to and learning from your Little Brother, but most of all, it means being there.
Do Big Brothers really make a difference? Statistics from the BBA Impact Study, conducted by Public/Private Ventures research firm in 1995, showed that Little Brothers were:
46% less likely to start using drugs,
27% less likely to start drinking,
52% less likely to skip a day of school,
37% less likely to skip a class,
33% less likely to behave violently,
and, generally more trusting of their parents and guardians.
How do I become a Big Brother? Chapters and Colonies should call their local Big Brothers agency or contact the National Office of BBA in Philadelphia at (215) 567-7000. To find the local agency in your area, visit BBA's website at www.bbbsa.org. If you aren't yet ready to be a Big Brother, there are other ways to get involved. Call your local agency to find out how you can volunteer your time.
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