How do parents feel about their children’s potential? New Survey Release from BBBS Canada

TWO-THIRDS OF CANADIAN PARENTS UNCERTAIN THEIR KIDS WILL FULFILL THE HOPES THEY HAVE FOR THEM More than 80 per cent unsure they fulfilled their own parents’ aspirations.  National survey ranks barriers to achieving aspirations, top 10 hopes parents have for their children, and some ‘unfinished business’ between parents and their kids. Toronto, March 4, 2014 – When it comes to parents’ hopes for their children, it seems that disappointment is passed down from generation to generation. Two-thirds (67 per cent) … Continue reading

18:1 Mentoring Delivers a High Return

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Social Return on Investment Survey A groundbreaking new study by The Boston Consulting Group demonstrates the power of investments in Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring to deliver strong economic value over time.  The study was designed to audit the financial return to society from Big Brothers Big Sisters, and it found that every dollar invested generates on average $18 in hard dollar returns to society. The research compared the life outcomes of 500 former “Littles” … Continue reading

Employers and Volunteerism

Working Canadians give companies mediocre marks for community service Nearly eight in ten employed Canadians would participate in company community projects if their workplaces provided time off to volunteer. Toronto, June 18, 2013 – Two thirds of working Canadians (67 per cent) believe their companies should be doing more to support communities, according to a new national survey commissioned by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. The study, conducted by Ipsos Reid, found that 43 per cent of employees rate … Continue reading

Mentoring and Mental Health

The impact of mentoring for children and youth is far-reaching.  In a recent study, researchers found that kids with mentors showed significant improvements in mental health.  Thank you to our over 3,000 volunteer mentors who continue every day to make a difference in the lives of children. Article on the impacts of mentoring on mental health. 

National Youth Survey 2013

Today, Boys & Girls Clubs presented initial results from the National Youth Survey 2013 via webcast from Ottawa.  4 Club kids from across Canada shared these results and answered questions candidly as to what influences the confidence of a young person. In conjunction with this presentation is the launch of the new  The World According to Us official website.  A platform for the voices of children and youth and a place where they can share their stories, this site is … Continue reading