School-Based Mentoring Study Released

Independent research firm Public/Private Ventures1 recently released the first large-scale, national (USA), random assignment evaluation of school-based mentoring. The Study, “Making a Difference in Schools: The Big Brothers Big Sisters School-Based Mentoring Impact Study”, shows that Big Brothers Big Sisters School-Based Mentoring makes a real difference in the lives of at-risk school children.

The results:

• The Study found that the Little Brothers and Little Sisters demonstrated eight positive academic outcomes in the first year as a result of the mentoring match. These included overall academic performance, performance in science, written and oral language, quality and number of assignments turned in, lower serious school infractions, scholastic efficacy, and reduced skipping of school. • The key? Big Brothers Big Sisters brings about these academic impacts through quality, professionally-supported mentoring relationships with children in need—the fourth “R” for making academic gains. • Conducted by the independent research firm Public/Private Ventures, the Study followed more than 1,100 children over 15 months at ten diverse Big Brothers Big Sisters locations. Click here to read the executive summary>> 1Public/Private Ventures is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to improve the effectiveness of social policies, programmes and community initiatives, especially as they affect youth and young adults