Big Brothers Big Sisters Case Study

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Big Brothers Big Sisters is an organization that tries to impact the youth across the country by giving them a positive role model that helps guide them in the right direction. In their mission, Big Brothers Big Sisters states that it is their goal to “provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationship that change their lives for the better, forever.” A child who participates in the program is called a “little” and they are given a “big”, and this “big” is supposed to influence their life in a positive way by creating a strong and lasting support system. It is important for children in low socioeconomic environments and single parent homes to have someone to encourage their passions…show more content…
This can include families that have to potential to have a high percentage of parents being incarcerated, or families in the military. Also, this program has helped to meet the needs of children in traditionally low economic communities. Being a child who grew up with her dad in the military, I decided to do more research on the Big Brothers Big Sisters: Mentoring Military Child. I saw that it is important for the mentor to show their support and appreciation of military children. Big Brothers Big Sisters makes sure that the mentors respect the military core such as honor, courage, and commitment. Mentors of military children know that it is not their responsibility to fill the shoes of parent or in this case boots of parents that are on duty. The mentors are just a source of extra support during these rough times. When matching a little and big, they take into consideration both backgrounds and try to match them…show more content…
Having different Big Brother Big Sister groups for children in difficult environments or with children in the military was something I learned while researching this topic. A huge positive is that after being in the program, most children get along better with their families, and they even have more confidence in the school work. Overall, 89% of youth involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program are able to avoid risky behavior after being given a mentor to encourage them ( Grossman, J. B., & Tierney, J. P.,
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