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McGuire_Kristin_Reflection1 - Kristin McGuire Big Brothers...

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Kristin McGuire Big Brothers Big Sisters The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is “to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors that try to have a measurable impact on youth” (BBBS). This program mentors children ages 6-17 in communities all across the country. Most agencies require that the children have no more than one parent/guardian involved in their life. Littles are selected based on their family situation, grades, and social skills. Overall, 60% of Littles are males, 60% are minority children, and 80% come from relatively poor families. Studies have shown that the Little brothers and sisters are 52% less likely than their classmates to skip school, 33% less likely to hit someone, and 46% less likely to start taking illegal drugs (BBBS). These positive effects are, in part, due to the fact that the Littles have a caring adult to confide in and to look up to. I believe that the life of even the most troubled child can be improved; some cases are
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course PUBH 210 taught by Professor Rozier during the Fall '09 term at MO St. Louis.

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