Did you know that a
child matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister is 52% less
likely to skip school? They also have three times fewer dropout
rates. The success of mentorship is not always so encouraging.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters works because of a program design that
has evolved over 100 years. As a Big, you know that Big Brothers
and Big Sisters are more than just mentors. Bigs enter a
Little's world while also exposing their Littles to see a world
outside their community.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters success can be attributed to
hundreds of people like you who make a commitment to helping one
child have a better life. As a Big you spend time with your
Little doing all sorts of things. Most often you probably think
of the time you spend together as fun. As you are building a
relationship, remember that you have the potential to influence
your Little's life in a profound way.
You will be a person to whom a Little looks for modeling
of reading, writing, science awareness, conflict resolution,
healthy eating, character building, social skills, and the
overall sense that learning is a lifetime adventure. Children
learn from example, and you are that example.
We hope that this booklet will help you to see that
teachable moments are available all day long, from arranging a
time to meet for an outing to reading street signs on your way
home. Your involvement, enthusiasm, and interest in your
Little's academic readiness can make a huge difference in her or
his school performance as well as in their future life after
behalf of the children and families in our program, we want to
thank you for your time. We wish you well. -
Holly Gold, MSW, Program Director, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of
San Francisco and the Peninsula