""I want to be the first one in my family to finish college"" says Little Sister to her Big Sister. Now that is about as good as it gets don't you think? Big Brothers Big Sisters holds itself accountable for and is able to measure specific youth outcomes - educational achievement, avoidance of risky behaviors (especially youth offending), higher self-esteem, confidence and ability to relate to others. Big Brothers Big Sisters, an international network of volunteer (supported by professional staff) mentors, cites longstanding independent research that proves quality mentoring is an important part of the equation for school success. As more parents and schools seek quality mentoring support, the network reminds supporters that increased funding is needed to carefully make matches and to provide ongoing support that helps sustain mentoring relationships in order for them to have successful outcomes.
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