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 mentoring Mentoring 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 communities Building 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 today Volunteering 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 start something Every time you volunteer or donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters in your community you start something – and it could be the start of something big. COMMUNITY BASED MENTORINGPROGRAM
  • What 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 person’s life Bigs 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 Littles Every 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 Building 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 Effect W O RK – ME NTO RING RECIPIENTS SUCCEED 13% higher earnings $315,000 higher lifetime income 63% have post-secondary education 47% hold senior leadership positions 17% more likely to be employed SOCIAL RETURN ON INVESTMENT work life community + +Parent/Guardian Support Program Sta� Support Mentor + Mentee in Successful Match *Among economically disadvantaged groups, $1 invested in mentoring by Big Brothers Big Sisters returns $23 to society. $1 invested in mentoring by Big Brothers Big Sisters returns $18 to society* Increased taxes and spending from higher income + increased volunteering and donations LI FE – ME NT ORING RECIPIENTS THRIVE 13% more likely to donate to charity 20% more money donated 30% more time volunteering 87% have strong social networks 50% more likely to volunteer 81% report �nancial literacy 98% believe they make good life choices 80% pursue healthy lifestyles 96% say they're happy 92% feel con�dent CO M MU NIT Y – MENTORING RECIPIEN TS G IV E BA CK