KNWA Today: Big Brothers Big Sisters NWA

KNWA Today

Changing children’s lives for the better, forever.

That’s the goal for Big Brothers Big Sisters NWA. It’s National Mentoring Month and if you’re looking for a way to make a difference in the lives of children in NWA, the local organization has several ways you can help.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the United States. Trained professionals recruit, screen, match and support Big and Little Brothers and Sisters through a network of approximately 350 agencies in 5,000 communities throughout the country.  For 23 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas has been working in the region to facilitate one-to-one mentoring relationships between caring adults and children.

Big Brothers Big Sisters one-to-one mentoring makes a huge difference for the youth it serves.  

Research consistently demonstrates that Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring helps at-risk youth overcome the many challenges they face.  It has been shown that Little Brothers and Little Sisters are:

46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs;
27% less likely to begin using alcohol;
52% less likely to skip school;
37% less likely to skip class;
More confident in their schoolwork performance;
Able to get along better with their families.

It costs $1,000 to create and monitor a match for the first year.  All donations stay local to support children in Northwest Arkansas.

“Littles” enrolled in our program for more than 12 months indicated on a recent survey:
86% have an improved self-confidence.
81% have a better attitude towards school.
93% have stronger peer relationships.
72% have more trust in adults to help with problems.
83% have a better outlook on their future.

To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters NWA, click HERE.

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