Community Based Mentoring Brochure - Young person

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Learn more about the benefits of Big Brothers Big Sisters Community Based Mentoring program for young people and how you can get involved.


We believe in the value and values of mentoringMentoring is built on caring, respect and the willingness to listen.Studies show that mentoring helps young people stay in school and have the confidence to develop positive pathways into the future.Changing young lives can build strong communitiesBuilding relationships between young people and caring adults is a good foundation for building strong communities. Young people feel connected and want to give back everybody benefits.Start something todayVolunteering is one way. A gift of money is another. Either way, supporting the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters in your community could be the start of something big.Find out more at somethingEvery time you volunteer or donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters in your community you start something and it could be the start of something MENTORINGPROGRAMWhat if every young person unlocked their potential? imagine what that could start!Start something BIG with community based mentoring!Community based mentoring is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring relationship connecting vulnerable young people aged 7 to 17 years (Littles) with volunteer mentors (Bigs).Make a real difference in a young persons lifeBigs and Littles meet a few times a month to spend some time doing activities together. Through spending time with their Bigs, Littles are less likely to drop out of school, end up in jail, or turn to drugs and alcohol. They also have more self-confidence, resilience, and independence.Long-term support for both Bigs and LittlesEvery match is fully supported by Big Brothers Big Sisters through training and support from a Mentoring Coordinator.The minimum commitment for a mentoring match is 12 months, and the average match lasts 18 months.Questions?Email or call (03) 9526 8409.To refer a child, go to our website brighter futures through one to one long-term mentoring:Research shows that after 18 months of spending time with their Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor, young people are: Less likely to begin using drugs or alcohol. More likely to stay in school. Less likely to participate in criminal behaviours.The Mentoring EffectWORK MENTORING RECIPIENTS SUCCEED 13% higherearnings $315,000 higherlifetime income 63% havepost-secondaryeducation 47% hold seniorleadership positions 17% more likely to be employed SOCIAL RETURN ON INVESTMENTwork life community + +Parent/GuardianSupport Program StaSupportMentor + Menteein Successful Match*Among economically disadvantaged groups, $1 invested in mentoring by Big Brothers Big Sisters returns $23 to society. $1 invested in mentoringby Big Brothers Big Sistersreturns $18 to society* Increased taxes andspending from higher income+ increased volunteeringand donationsLIFE MENTORING RECIPIENTS THRIVE 13% more likelyto donate to charity 20% more money donated 30% more timevolunteering87% have strongsocial networks 50% more likelyto volunteer 81% reportnancial literacy 98% believe they makegood life choices 80% pursuehealthy lifestyles 96% say they're happy92% feel condent COMMUNITY MENTORING RECIPIENTS GIVE BACK