Big Brothers Big Sisters

Blueprints approved

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a community-based mentoring programme that matches young people aged 10-14 with a same-sex mentor. Service delivery is by volunteers who interact regularly with a young person in a one-to-one relationship. BBBS targets young people at-risk for academic disengagement, particularly those who are economically disadvantaged, not living with two parents, or who have a parent in prison. The duration of the intervention is variable, however the programme recommends that matches meet weekly for at least one year.

Target group Children predominantly aged 10 - 14 who are from a disdavantaged background.
Focus of intervention
  • Individual and peer
  • Family
  • Economic
Level of intervention
  • Selective prevention
Outcomes affected
  • Doing well in school
  • Good behaviour
  • Not using substances
  • Good relations with parents
  • Good relations with peers
Impact of intervention

*statistically significant at p<0.05

Figure(s) taken from Appendix A of this report.

Risk & protective factors targeted

Cost-benefit analysis

Source of benefits

Contact information

Sandra Louk LaFleur
230 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107


Local authorities running the intervention in the UK
  • None known at present

Please contact us if you are running this intervention in the UK.