Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of the oldest and largest youth mentoring organizations in the United States. Their goal is to help all children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with volunteer mentors.
TDW is a firm believer in the power of mentoring and the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters – especially in light of research confirming its benefits. Public/Private Ventures, an independent Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based national research organization, conducted a study from 1994-1995 that monitored 950 boys and girls nationwide to study the effects of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Half of the 950 children were randomly chosen to be matched, and the others were put on a waiting list. According to the study, the matched children met with their Big Brother or Big Sister about three times a month for a year.
In addition, the study surveyed the children at the beginning of the study and again after 18 months. The researchers found that the Little Brothers and Little Sisters, compared to those children not in the program, were:
- 46 percent less likely to begin using illegal drugs
- 27 percent less likely to begin using alcohol
- 52 percent less likely to skip school
- 37 percent less likely to skip a class
- 33 percent less likely to hit someone
The study also found that the Littles were more confident of their performance in schoolwork and got along better with their families.
"We have known all along that Big Brothers Big Sisters' mentoring has a long-lasting, positive effect on children's confidence, grades, and social skills," says Karen J. Mathis, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s past president and CEO, "and the results of this impact study scientifically confirm that belief."
Brothers and sisters make a difference
Our largest United States locations have participated in Big Brother Big Sisters “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” events for more than 10 years. The event raises funds and awareness for the local agency affiliates and creates an opportunity for employee camaraderie. TDW has raised tens of thousands of dollars for our local communities, and our contribution is growing every year.
Additionally, several committed TDW employees volunteer as Big Brothers or Big Sisters and make a difference in the lives of children in their communities.
Katelyn is a past chair of the Salt Lake City Community Relations Committee (CRC) and has been an active Big Sister. She recalls her time fondly: “Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is making a huge difference in the lives of young people. My experience as a Big was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I met my Little when she was 8 years old. She is almost 11 now. It's difficult to put into words the impact I was able to have on her life – and the impact she had on me. We will forever have a special bond."