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The presence of a stable and caring adult is one of the biggest predictors of positive mental health outcomes for young people. However, the more risk factors a young person faces, the less likely they are to have a natural mentor in their lives. Big Brothers Big sisters is striving to provide more young people with access to a positive role model - a mentor – to help them build their resilience and realise their full potential.
Read through the many unique and heartfelt Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring stories that people have shared with us to date. Each story highlights the profound effect mentoring plays in helping young people.
A Social Return On Investment Study found that Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs provided major benefits to young people.
The same study by Boston Consulting Group found that for every $1 invested in Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs, there was an $18 return when working directly with disadvantaged groups. When working with the least economically advantaged groups in a community, the return on investment is $23 for every $1 invested. In Australia, it costs on average $1,400 per day to keep a young person in juvenile detention, compared to the $1,500 for Big Brothers Big Sisters to mentor a vulnerable young person and positively shift their trajectory.