Witnessing violence can change a kid's mind. You can help them heal.
New research shows that witnessing traumatic events, like domestic violence, shootings, or even fighting, can impact the physical development of a child’s brain — potentially leading to lifelong health and social issues. But you can help reverse the effects. Changing Minds Now will teach you about the science of childhood trauma, and how five everyday gestures can make a world of difference.
It starts with a role model.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the place to start that relationship. For over 100 years we’ve enrolled, screened, and supported mentoring relationships that have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people across the country — one Little at a time.
You’ll see the impact.
A national study for Big Brothers Big Sisters found that kids matched with a mentor:
- Are more confident
- Are more likely to steer clear of drugs and alcohol
- Do better in school
- Get along better with their family and friends
- Feel better about themselves
More information about the study can be found here.