Member Spotlight: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge
Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully matches children facing adversity with caring, adult role models. The goal of each match is to help the child succeed academically, avoid risky behaviors, and development stronger relationships with family and friends.
Each match is unique. Getting together doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activity—just a few hours every month doing things the Little and Big already enjoy. For example:
• Playing catch
• Reading books
• Going to a museum
• Providing advice and inspiration
We have confidence in our ability to impact children and put them on the right path. But it means even more when an outside study comes to the same conclusion.
A 2009 survey by Harris Interactive finds that as adults, children who were involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program are better educated and wealthier than a sample of adults with similar childhood backgrounds. They also report strong relationships with their spouses, children and friends, with about half giving back to their community through volunteering or contributions.
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