TO PROVIDE CHILDREN FACING ADVERSITY WITH STRONG AND ENDURING PROFESSIONALLY SUPPORTED 1-TO-1 RELATIONSHIPS THAT CHANGES THEIR LIVES FOR THE BETTER, FOREVER.
Kids facing adversity in their lives need the motivation to take on new challenges, the resilience to turn adversity into strength and the grit to persevere. Without these character strengths as a foundation, they may not attain graduation and post-secondary career and academic success. By partnering with parents/caregivers, schools, businesses and community organizations, and, of course, volunteers from our community, Big Brothers Big Sisters Northwest Arkansas helps kids facing adversity in our community achieve success! Since 1998 we’ve been in the business of changing lives and have affected hundreds of Northwest Arkansas children.
Meet Chris and his family!
Chris and his little brother were enrolled in the program by their mother, Elizabeth. Her path was not an easy one, encounters with the law landed her in prison and their father remains there till this day. Elizabeth wanted a better example for her boys, so upon release and gaining custody of her children, she enrolled them in Big Brothers Big Sisters. Take a moment to watch our great story.
In March 2015, the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention gave the BBBS Mentoring Programs the ‘highest category of effectiveness’ rating. Research consistency demonstrates that our 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
• 86% improved self-confidence
• 93% improved peer relationships
• 83% improved sense of outlook for their future
We currently serve children, families and volunteers in Washington and Benton Counties. Each child, parent and volunteer experience affirmative life-change, and our volunteers logged over 19,000 volunteer hours!
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