So far this year, BBBSCR has served 464 Capital Region children with individualized mentoring relationships, enrichment programming, and professional wrap-around services. And, we have heard in our monthly conversations with these children and their families that these vital supports have made all the difference.
While any child who wants a mentor can have one with BBBSCR, most of the children that we serve experience barriers to their success:
- 8% have an incarcerated parent;
- 45% live at or below poverty level;
- 76% receive a free or reduced lunch;
- 60% come from a single-parent home.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region measures program effectiveness and outcomes through the Youth Outcome Survey (YOS) and Child Outcome Survey (COS). A professional Program Coordinator administers an initial survey to youth prior to being matched with a mentor, which serves as a baseline. Once matched, children complete the YOS/COS survey on an annual basis. This assessment indicates the young person’s progress in attaining identified goals and developing personal strengths, social skills, healthy relationships, and positive behaviors.
Strong, positive relationships foster confidence and improve decision making. Only 1 in 3 Capital Region youth report having at least one supportive adult in their life.
- 76% of our Littles have maintained or improved their FAMILY (parent) CONNECTEDNESS.
- 92% of our Littles have maintained or improved their SOCIAL COMPETENCE.
A child’s academic success refers to their proficiency in math and reading.
- 94% of our Littles have maintained or improved their ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE/SCHOOL GRADES
- 92% of our Littles have maintained or improved their EDUCATIONAL EXPECTATIONS
AVOIDING RISKY BEHAVIORS
Truancy, violent/non-violent offenses, teenage pregnancy, and underage drinking are all risky behaviors.
- 91% of our Littles have maintained or improved their attitudes toward risky behaviors
LEARN MORE: Big Impact Report_2023-12-5 web
(DOWNLOAD our 2023 Impact Report for more information on the children that we have served this year.)