Our Impact on Juvenile Justice

Big Brothers Big Sisters knows that children who avoid interactions with the juvenile justice system – and violence, drugs, and alcohol - are more likely to succeed. That's why our professional staff members, supporters, families, and advocates support, encourage and champion the relationships between Bigs and Littles. Bigs help teach their Littles right from wrong and help them make good decisions.

The Landmark Study

Our impact on juvenile justice is evident in research conducted by Public/Private Ventures and published in 1995. When comparing Littles matched with a Big to children waiting to be served by Big Brothers Big Sisters, these researchers found that:

  • Littles were 46 percent less likely to start using drugs.
  • Littles were 27 percent less likely to start using alcohol.
  • Littles were almost one-third less likely to hit someone.


What our Alumni say

Our impact on decision-making is felt long after Littles graduate from high school and from our program. In 2009, Harris Interactive conducted an online survey of alumni Littles from across the nation. Among those former Littles:

  • 90% said their relationship with their Big helped them make better choices throughout their childhood.
  • 86% said their relationship with their Big has helped them make better choices throughout their adult life.
  • 76% said they learned right from wrong from their Big.