Who is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clearfield County?
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clearfield County, a program of Children’s Aid Society, has been a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America since 1991. Since 1986, Children’s Aid Society has operated a mentoring program.
The BBBS vision is that all children achieve success in life. We provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. As a result, Big Brothers Big Sisters is an integral part of front-line prevention services.
Does Big Brothers Big Sisters Work?
Youth who meet regularly with a Big Brother or Big Sister are less involved with drugs and alcohol, do better in school, and have better relationships with parents and peers than youth who are not in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, according to a national study conducted by the Philadelphia-based Public/Private Ventures (P/PV).
Researchers found that youth matched to Big Brothers and Big Sisters are:
- 46% less likely to start using drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking
- 33% less likely to hit someone
- 52% less likely to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class
- more trusting of their parents and guardians, less likely to lie to them and feel more supported and less criticized by their peers and friends.
Benefits of Mentoring
We partner with parent/guardians, volunteers and others in the community. Most of all, we hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving:
- Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
- Avoidance of risky behavior
- Educational success
How will you help Start Something for a child right now?
We change the lives of children facing adversity for the better, forever – and you can, too! In addition to joining us as a donor or a volunteer, there are many other ways to Start Something big. Pick the way that’s best for you – no action is too Little to make a Big impact.
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