Community Based Mentoring
One Hour a Week Can Make a BIG Difference
Community-based Mentoring is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship. It’s all about one-on-one time spent with the volunteer and the young person doing things they enjoy — a few hours a couple times a month filled with shared interests and activities like:
- Shooting hoops
- Playing a board game
- Sharing a pizza
- Taking a walk in the park
- Or just hanging out and talking.
The schedule can be flexible to meet the needs of mentors and young people in different kinds of situations. Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekend or in the evening. Others get together with their Littles after school. There’s almost no one so busy that they can’t find a way to fit in a few hours a month.
Especially When They Learn What a Difference Mentoring Makes.
National and state statistics show that children who are mentored are more likely to improve in school and in their relationships with family and peers, and less likely to skip school or use illegal drugs or alcohol. Students who are successful in school are less likely to drop out, become pregnant, abuse drugs or become involved in criminal activity.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Ohio utilizes a Program Outcome Evaluation Survey that has been developed by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. These evaluations are utilized across the country and help us measure the effectiveness of our programs.We were able to complete evaluations with 94% of the eligible matches locally (those who have been matched for more than 6 months). The results are astounding, and well above the national average as reported by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. The evaluations are completed by the volunteer mentors, and by the parents of the children involved. The evaluations rate the children based on what the volunteer and/or parent has observed over the past 6 to 12 months. The evaluations measure progress the child has made. The results are listed in the table below:
2010 Program Outcome Evaluation Data for Big Brothers Bib Sisters of Noth Central Ohio:
|Area||% worse||% no change||% better|
|Able to express feelings||0.0%||17.4%||82.6%|
|Attitute toward school||2.6%||31.2%||66.2%|
|Able to avoid deliquency and substance abuse||2.8%||47.2%||50.0%|
|Shows trust toward you (parent or volunteer)||1.2%||13.6%||85.2%|
|Relationship with family||6.0%||44.8%||49.3%|
|Relationship with peers||1.4%||31.5%||67.1%|
Results are based on 91 completed evaluations, and represent 33 parent and 58 volunteer ratings