How will you spend your extra hour?

Canadians are so time-crunched that 62 per cent think life is passing them by, new study finds.   With the clocks about to fall back and give busy Canadians the rare luxury of an extra hour, people across the country will be deciding how they will spend their precious gift of time. A Standard Life Value of an Hour Survey conducted for Big Brothers Big Sisters shows how busy Canadians actually are and what they would do if they had … Continue reading

One in Four High School Students Undecided on College/University Education

One in Four High School Students Undecided on College/University Education Lack of career advice, mentors and paying for post-secondary education among the major concerns for returning high school students, new study finds. Toronto, August 28, 2013 –High school students, getting set for class next week, feel enormous pressure to succeed academically, and 24 per cent don’t even know if they will go to college or university, according to a Big Brothers Big Sisters/CIBC Academic Success Survey. Of those uncertain of … 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.  Continue reading