Every year, BBBSNH impacts 1,100 youth through mentoring programs that serve children and youth in their communities, schools, and in the workplace. By building a strong, one-to-one and professionally-supported mentoring relationship to serve as a foundation for transformative impact and life skills learning, BBBSNH’s innovative approaches to expanding mentoring opportunities help to close both the achievement and opportunity gaps that exist for too many underserved children and youth. Our outcomes, collected through ongoing surveys of our Littles, illustrate the impact mentors have on the children we serve.
Our matches are strong and long-lasting, which we know provides the greatest opportunity for our Littles to achieve positive outcomes. The average match length in our community-based program is nearly 3 years, and in our site-based program our average-match length is more than year and half.
According to a national Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) study, our one-to-one matches truly make an impact in children's lives. A Big Brothers Big Sisters’ match is carefully administered and held to the strictest standards. Agencies strive for matches that are not only safe and well suited to each child’s needs, but also harmonious and built to last.
But don’t just think of us as simply matchmakers. We provide ongoing support and supervision to the Big, the Little, and the Little’s family. We offer training and advice to help ensure that the match is working for everyone involved. And local agencies even receive their own ongoing training and consulting from the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America national office. This web of support helps maximize the likelihood that a Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship will thrive.
Melissa Gustafson and Richard Burbine are our 2018 Bigs of the Year. Check out the stories of their matches with Morgan and Jake below.