Editor's note: The following is a press release.
It’s September and the back to school season is upon us. Returning to school is exciting for more than 600 Little Sisters who will be reuniting with their Big Sisters in our School-Based Mentoring program.
Big and Little Sisters meet once a week at the Little Sister’s school during her lunch period or after-school program. Big Sister Eftina Gjikuria, of West Roxbury, participates in Big Sister’s program at Ellis Memorial After School in the South End, where she meets with her Little Sister DeAnna each week.
Jason Gallagher, Principal of Harvard/Kent School in Charlestown, recently praised Big Sister’s programs for the positive impact they have on his students. “The Little Sisters at the Harvard/Kent truly love their Big Sisters,” said Gallagher via press release. “It turns their whole day around when their Big Sister arrives.”
Not only can spending time with her Big Sister turn a Little Sister’s day around, it can also turn her grades around. In our 2011 Youth Outcomes Survey (YOS), Little Sisters who took part in our School-Based and Community-Based Mentoring programs showed notable improvement in their academic performance.
- 75% of Little Sisters reported maintaining or improving their performance in mathematics.
- 71% maintained or improved in reading.
- Moreover, 92% of respondents planned to finish high school.
- 85% intended to go to college.
Further research supports that most Little Sisters are able to meet these academic goals: in a 2011 survey of former Little Sisters, 82% were high school graduates, and 90% of those graduates went on to enroll in a college or trade school program.
Big Sister Association would like to thank all of their volunteers for supporting academic success for Boston’s students. This is the busiest and best time for Big Sister to connect with women about becoming a mentor—this fall, we hope to match more than 250 girls with a Big Sister of their own. If you would like to help Big Sister Association meet that goal, consider setting up an information session where you work, allowing Big Sister to host a recruitment table in a lobby or cafeteria, or referring Big Sister to an employee resource group. Additionally, a financial contribution will help Big Sister recruit, train, and enroll these mentors, and will fund professional support of Big and Little Sistersonce they have been matched. With a Big Sister to guide them, girls can achieve an A+ in reaching their full potential.
Learn how you can positively impact a girl’s life, donate or volunteer at BigSister.org.