The Need for Big Brothers Big Sisters Has Never Been More Urgent
In a world where our social fabric has frayed--children raised by only one parent or neither, sinking graduation rates, rampant drug addiction, and decaying values --the need has never been more urgent for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Mentoring is the single most effective way to positively impact the life of a child. Research tells us that compared to all other youth their age, boys and girls matched with a Big Brother Big Sister or Family Match are 40% less likely to get arrested.
In addition, compared to their peers, matched youth are:
- 46% less likely to start using drugs
- 27% less likely go start drinking
- 33% less likely to skip a day of school
Over the last year, referrals from teachers, counselors, youth workers, parents and law enforcement officials have grown to fifty children a month. Today, there are hundreds of children in every school and every community throughout Yavapai County and Sedona who are not yet matched with a "Big" and are on our waiting list. One of them may be waiting for you!