Big Impact — Proven Results

We witness the big impact our volunteers make in the lives of children in Central Kentucky every day, but you don't have to take our word for it. See for yourself.

2019 Community Impact Report

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass has been up to a lot over the past year! Click on the Defenders of Potential cover page to check out our 2019 Community Impact Report to learn more about about what we accomplished in 2019, in addition to facts and figures about the families we serve. Plus, you'll get to learn more about BBBS and the impact one-to-one mentoring makes on our community, and you'll get a chance to meet some of our matches, too! To download a copy of the report, click here.

The Study

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Match

According to the Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) study, our one-to-one matches truly make an impact in children's lives. A Big Brothers Big Sisters’ match is carefully administered and held to the strictest standards. Agencies strive for matches that are not only safe and well suited to each child’s needs, but also harmonious and built to last. The entire matching process, from the initial screening to the final pairing—and beyond—is made possible by your financial support.

But don’t just think of us as simply matchmakers. We provide ongoing support and supervision to the Big, the Little, and the Little’s family. We offer training and advice to help ensure that the match is working for everyone involved. And our local agencies even receive their own ongoing training and consulting from the Big Brothers Big Sisters National Office. This web of support helps maximize the likelihood that a Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship will thrive.


Measuring our Impact

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass believes that it must hold itself accountable to the families, children, and mentors enrolled in our program. We must hold ourselves accountable to the donors, partners, and advocates who fund our work. That is why a commitment to continuous learning, improvement, and research is at the heart of what we do.

Continuous learning through technology

Our commitment to measurement, analysis, and improvement is so core to who we are that we have developed a unique, proprietary method of tracking the interactions between Bigs and Littles. Known as the Agency Information Management system (or AIM), this performance management tool helps guide the decisions of our network of professionally trained staff members. Built to support Big Brothers Big Sisters, AIM provides the intelligence and data to continually improve our services to children.

Continuous learning through partnerships

Through the generous support of corporations, foundations, and donations, Big Brothers Big Sisters regularly participates in nationwide or local research opportunities.

More Proven Results

Big Brothers Big Sisters Research

Research shows that our one-to-one mentoring programs have real outcomes for children.

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Impact on Self-Confidence

Research shows that Bigs help Littles feel more confident in several areas.

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Impact on Education

Evidence shows that being matched through Big Brothers Big Sisters can make a big difference in how a child performs in school and how he or she feels about school in general.

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Impact on Juvenile Justice

Many children get swept up into what their peers are doing, but research shows that having another caring adult on their side helps Littles make good decisions and avoid risky behaviors.

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