Youth in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit Programs Show Improvements in Academic and Behavioral Outcomes

93% of High School Seniors Graduate On Time!

DETROIT, MI - March 14, 2013– Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit releases its 2012 Youth Outcomes Survey results, providing even more evidence that its mentoring programs have positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth who face adversity. 

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit 2012 Youth Outcomes Survey Report shows statistically significant improvements for youth enrolled in the organization’s one-to-one mentoring program in three targeted outcome areas – educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors and socio-emotional competency. Developed in partnership with Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) and Dr. Jean Rhodes, University of Massachusetts Boston, the survey is a critical component of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ system to continually evaluate and enhance its programs to achieve and increase both individual and community impact. The Youth Outcomes Survey (YOS) tracks each mentee’s progress in real time throughout the mentoring relationship, using measures that researchers have linked to long-term outcomes such as high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency, and college or job readiness.

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Youth Outcomes Survey reflects changes in youth after being matched with a mentor either one year in the organization’s Community-Based program or one academic year in its School-Based program. It measures youth impact in eight areas: social acceptance; scholastic competency; grades; educational expectations; attitudes toward risk; parental trust; truancy; and presence of a special adult. By measuring changes in three strategic areas—school related performance, risky behaviors and socio-emotional competency, the survey builds on two longstanding research studies conducted by P/PV that found youth enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs experienced positive improvements in all of those areas.

“Our 2012 Youth Outcomes Survey results substantiate what we get the opportunity to see first-hand—that our programs are having a positive, life-changing impact in multiple areas that are directly linked to future success.  This is a real milestone as we hold ourselves accountable to the children and families we serve, and our volunteers, donors and community partners who provide the resources that make our work possible,” said Dara Munson, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit.  

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit implemented the YOS in 2009. Surveys are administered to the mentee “Littles” prior to being matched and again on the match anniversary date.

Highlights from the 2012 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit (BBBSMD) Youth Outcomes Survey (YOS) Report include:

·        84 % of youth in BBBSMD programs maintained or improved in how sure they were to reach different levels of schooling;

·        73% of youth in BBBSMD programs maintained or improved in their assessment of his/her performance in the subject of math;

·        75% of youth in BBBSMD programs indicated improvement in the area of avoidance of risky behaviors such as alcohol/drug usage, skipping school, hitting or cheating;

·        93% of high school seniors enrolled in BBBSMD programs graduated on time, making it the third year in a row the agency had an on-time graduation rate over 90%.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Donations allow Big Brothers Big Sisters to carefully pair each young person with the right mentor and provide ongoing support and monitoring needed to keep the mentoring match strong so that it can yield the kind of success unique to Big Brothers Big Sisters.  The Big Brothers Big Sisters model is proven to improve mentees' odds for succeeding in school and achieving in life. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”). And for thirty-eight years of service locally in the metropolitan Detroit community, Big Brothers Big Sisters maintains a stellar reputation of recruiting exemplary citizens to share positive experiences with metropolitan Detroit youth. For more information of how to sign up, call 313-309-0500 or visit our website atwww.bbbsdetroit.org.

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