Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a national organization with over 100 years of mentoring experience.
There are over 370 affiliates across the nation. Ohio has approximately 32 affiliates. Our service area of Ohio includes: Shelby and Darke County. Shelby County Big Brothers Big Sisters has been in existence since 1975, with Darke added in 1993. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated. Nationally, the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization serves nearly 250,000 children. The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. A national research study conducted by Public/Private Ventures validated the benefits and effectiveness of Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs for at-risk youth. Public/Private Ventures, a national organization whose mission is to improve the effectiveness of social policies, programs and community initiatives, especially as they affect youth and young adults, has documented that children mentored in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program are:
• 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;
• 64 percent more confident of their performance in schoolwork.
Big Brothers Big Sisters holds itself accountable for proven, measurable outcomes -- helping children who face adversity succeed in school; avoid risky behaviors, especially juvenile delinquency; and have higher aspirations and self-confidence. The difference between Big Brothers Big Sisters programs and others is that the organization focuses on successful, long-term mentoring. They achieve this through careful one-to-one matching and ongoing, professional match support and guidance.