Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County

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Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, largest and most effective mentoring agency in the world. We have been the leader in one-to-one youth service for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people.

According to the research, these one-to-one matches are such a powerful force for influencing childrenÆ?¢â?¬Å¡â??¢â?¬â?¢s behavior because of Big Brothers Big SistersÆ?¢â?¬Å¡â??¢â?¬â?¢ signature approach to mentoring.

A Big Brothers Big Sisters match is carefully administered and supported by rigorous standards and trained personnel. Professional agency staff strive for matches that are not only safe and well suited to each childÆ?¢â?¬Å¡â??¢â?¬â?¢s needs, but also harmonious and built to last. That is why so much care is taken in screening and orienting volunteers, and then in matching them with children.

However, Big Brothers Big Sisters professionals are much more than just Æ?¢â?¬Å¡â??¢â?¬Å?matchmakers.Æ?¢â?¬Å¡â??¢â?¬? They provide ongoing support and supervision to the Big, the Little, and the LittleÆ?¢â?¬Å¡â??¢â?¬â?¢s family. They offer training and advice to help ensure that the match is satisfying and fulfilling for everyone involved.

8515 Arjons Drive
San Diego, CA 92126
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The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better.

Researchers found that after 18 months of spending time with their Bigs, the Little Brothers and Little Sisters were: - 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs - 27% less likely to begin using alcohol - 52% less likely to skip school - 37% less likely to skip a class - more confident of their performance in schoolwork - one-third less likely to hit someone - getting along better with their families

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