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. Young people from single parent families are 200% more likely to go to jail at some point in their lives. Boys growing up without an active father are 150% more likely to abuse drugs and 80% more likely to join gangs. Girls growing up without an active father are 250% more likely to experience an unwanted pregnancy and 53% more likely to commit suicide.
Research tells us that compared with all other youth thier ages, boys and girls matched with 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
- 52% less likely to skip a day of school.
But don’t just take it from us. Go to our Real Life Stories page for some amazing stories of what it means to be a role model.