Mentoring: Proven Solution & Lasting Impact

At Big Sisters, we believe that mentoring matters because it works. Here are a few statistics that show just how powerful mentoring can be. 

The Challenge:
more than a quarter of Lower Mainland grade four children have low well-being.

The Solution: Mentoring

  • Brain science tells us that it only takes one caring adult to help a child build the brain architecture for life-long resilience
  • 92% of adults who had a mentor feel confident and 96% say they’re happy
  • 93% of Little Sisters feel better about themselves since having a Big Sister

The Challenge:
Youth who do not graduate from high school are at a serious disadvantage.

The Solution: Mentoring

  • Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school
  • Girls are 2X more likely to be confident in their ability to be successful at school
  • Adults who had a mentor as a child are more likely to have a post-secondary education, be employed, and earn higher wages

The Challenge:
70% of mental health problems have their onset during childhood or adolescence.

The Solution: Mentoring

  • Girls who have a mentor are 3X less likely to have social anxiety and 2X less likely to be depressed
  • Girls with a Big Sister are 4X less likely to bully, fight, lie or lose their temper
  • 87% of adults who had a mentor in their youth report having strong social networks

The Challenge:
Social pressures for girls to be perfect are at an all-time high.

The Solution: Mentoring

  • 93% of girls who complete the Go Girls! program feel good about the way they look
  • 100% of school representatives observed increased confidence in the girls who participated in the Go Girls! program
  • 82% of parents said they believe their daughter feels better about herself and is more confident since being involved with Big Sisters