Large scale study finds adults mentored as children through having a Big Sister or Big Brother are more likely than peers with similar backgrounds, but didn’t have a mentor, to have a four-year college degree and incomes of $75,000 or more. They also report stronger relationships with their spouses, children and friends. The long-term benefits are clear that the one-on-one structured mentoring model’s impact reaches far beyond the time that children are enrolled in the program.
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Harris Interactive Alumni study findings:
- Alumni Littles were 75% more likely than non-alumni to have received a four-year college degree.
- Alumni Littles were 39% more likely than non-alumni to have current household incomes of $75,000 or higher
- A majority of alumni Littles are extremely or very satisfied with their relationships to friends, family and spouses. Fewer non-alumni report the same level of satisfaction.
- Approximately two in three alumni Littles are extremely or very satisfied with life compared to just over one in three non-alumni.
- A majority of alumni Littles (62%) perceive themselves to have achieved a higher level of success than their peers who did not have a Big Sisters or Big Brother. Furthermore, this is twice as many as the 31% of non-alumni who report being more successful than other people they grew up with.
- Alumni Littles are more likely than non-alumni to be engaged in their community over the past 12 months, particularly when it comes to volunteering (52% vs 35%, respectively) and holding a leadership role in an organization working on an issue (29% vs. 16%, respectively).
Alumni Littles reported having a "Big" in their lives positively influenced their self- confidence, provided stability and changed their perspectives on life, taught them new things, influenced aspects of their education, pushing them to set higher goals and make better decisions. The ripples effects of mentoring reaches far beyond the individual children we serve, to their families, communities and employers.