Big Brothers Big Sisters accepts a wide variety of donations in Utah, but one of the most enjoyable is donating your TIME and becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister. Our mentors have front row seats to the unfolding of their Little’s potential, which they can attest has brought lasting fulfillment.
Donations in Utah Create Better Communities
One-on-one mentoring has been proven to have a measurable impact on the lives of today’s youth. The Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) study (1995) showed that even just after 12 months of spending regular time with their Bigs, Littles were:
- 33% less prone to violence
- 37% less likely to skip class
- 52% less likely to skip school
- 27% less likely to use alcohol
- 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
These kind of results are extremely beneficial to individual youth and their future. And, as an added bonus, they have the potential to improve Utah schools and communities. They do this by helping youth avoid destructive or risky behaviors.
In addition to these statistics, the youth that were selected for the study also showed additional positive benefits. They had improved confidence in themselves, performed better in school, and even improved their relationships with their family members.
The impacts are real and they are life changing. Which is why our waiting lists continue to grow. The youth in our communities today face a lot of unique challenges and many are already looking for additional support. Which is why even though our monetary donations are vital to continuing our mission, we know that nothing happens until a Big decides to donate time.
If you are looking for ways to contribute and give donations in Utah, consider becoming someone’s Big Brother or Big Sister. Be a defender for today’s youth and tomorrow’s future.