At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota, not only is it our number one priority to foster positive growth and wellbeing in the children of our community, but it is our passion.
By enrolling a child in one of our programs, parents take proactive steps to help their child grow and give them the tools needed for success in life. While the growth and wellbeing of all the children in our community are important to us, we wish to serve the kids who are most in need of our services. If a child is between the ages of 7 and 16 and fits one or more of these criteria, they’re eligible to become a Little!
You may still wonder, “Okay, my child is eligible, but how will the program benefit my child?” There are so many benefits for both Bigs and the Littles when they’re matched in our programs – many things change things for the better for both you and your child!
The Positive Impact of Natural Mentoring
As defined by John Bridgeland and Laurie Moore in their article titled “Untapped Potential”, natural mentoring means mentoring that naturally occurs with a teacher, coach, or other non-parental adult. This type of mentoring is proven to be incredibly beneficial to kids in their schooling, work ethic, mental health, risky behaviors, and even physical health! In fact, BBBS took a few different polls to find out just what Littles think of their programs and how they’ve benefitted.
When asked “How much does your Big help you?” in relation to the previously mentioned areas, 80% said they help a lot. When asked if their confidence to reach their future goals has increased, 94% said they now have a lot of confidence that they can meet their goals. For more Q and A polls on the positivity of the Big-Little mentorship, click here.
Increased Self-Confidence and Healthy HabitsAlthough it has already been mentioned, we cannot stress enough how much and how positively how programs impact self-confidence and healthy habits. It can be easy to forget about those who inspired you to achieve your goals and fulfill your dreams when you were a small child, but we all have those people from our childhood. Imagine where you would be today without those positive influences in your life.
Now, consider the children enrolled in our programs who are lacking these influences. We took a poll from our Littles nationwide and found some fantastic results. They have hugely increased confidence that they can achieve their goals, they realize the importance of having positive adult influences to help them do so, and they feel that their Bigs have helped to fill that role. Former Littles who are now adults and no longer in our programs said that they still keep in contact with their Bigs and still feel the positive impacts of their Bigs from their childhood. Furthermore, the results of another study we did show the better and healthier choices that our Littles are making for themselves.
All in all, our goal at BBBS is simple. We want to help you and your child by providing the tools and mentorship to build positive relationships, increase self-confidence, and make healthy life choices. The children of our community are our passion. If you think your child can benefit from our mentorship program, click here to learn more and enroll your child today!