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Mentor, Make a Difference!

Mentors Needed

Just think about it: 

Young adolescents saying ‘no’ to drugs and alcohol, improving their
school attendance, getting along better with their families and peers- all
because they had Big Brothers and Big Sisters. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters unique approach to youth development works.  Researchers found that 18 months after Little Brothers and Little Sisters were matched with their mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters they were 46% less likely to being using illegal drugs, 27% less likely to begin using alcohol, 52% less likely to skip school, 37% less likely to skip a class, they were more confident of their performance in schoolwork, one-third less likely to hit someone, and got along better with
their families. 

“These dramatic findings are very good news, particularly at a time when many people contend that ‘nothing works’ in reaching teenagers,” said Gary Walker, president of Public/Private Ventures, the group that conducted the study.  “This program suggests a strategy the country can build on to make a difference, especially for youth in single-parent families.”  

Call Big Brothers Big Sisters of Livingston County today at 517-546-1140 and make a different through
mentoring.

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