Thanks to her “Big Sister” Michelle, Lexi will be more likely to thrive in school and relationships and grow into a strong, responsible, independent adult.
GOAL: All kids have strong families and role models
Why it matters
Michelle and Lexi are not related. But Michelle is one of the most important people in Lexi’s life.
Lexi was born into hardship, and has experienced more of it than any 7-year-old should.
Michelle is Lexi’s “Big Sister.” And when this small child enters the circle of this successful and caring woman, she relaxes a little and stands a little taller.
Mentoring programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters help kids thrive.
After just one year of spending time with a “Big,” children show improvements in academics, relationships with parents, trust, aspirations. They are more likely to stay in school and less likely to engage in risky behavior than their peers who lacked mentors.
Michelle hopes that her presence in Lexi’s life helps her “Little Sister” grow into a strong, responsible, independent adult. It’s what everyone hopes for
But kids don’t become those thriving adults on their own. They need a community that includes family, teachers and other mentors. When kids thrive, and have the chance to grow into thriving adults, our communities and our economy are stronger.
Not all kids get that chance. Kids from wealthy and well-educated families have more access to high-quality early childhood education, better schools and enrichment activities, and mentors who help them succeed. All of those things act as guardrails to help keep kids on track.
But many poor kids don’t have those guardrails. Many live isolated lives, falling behind in school early, detached from community and the supports they so achingly need. They are less likely to finish high school and go to college, and their earnings potential is less. The cycle continues when they have their own kids, often early and unprepared. Mentors can help break that cycle and help kids grow into healthy and successful adults.
Thousands of kids in New Hampshire need support. More than one in ten of New Hampshire’s kids are living in poverty. Hundreds of children, most of them boys, are awaiting mentor matches through Big Brothers Big Sisters alone.
But there is something we can do: Investment in mentoring programs and family supports means increased academic success for kids, healthier and more stable families, and saved societal costs. It helps kids like Lexi grow into healthy and successful adults who will contribute to New Hampshire communities tomorrow.
We’re working to:
- Help high-quality mentoring programs serve more kids.
- Support effective after-school, summer camp and youth leadership programs serving New Hampshire kids.
- Improve access to programs and services for vulnerable families through family resource centers and other organizations.
- Advance family-friendly public policies.
Each of these goals is dependent on the dedicated work, collaboration and commitment of scores of partners. Please see list below.
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To learn more about ways to help New Hampshire's kids thrive, contact:
- Christina Lachance, M.Ed.
- Director of Early Childhood and Family Initiatives
- 603-225-6641 ext 262
- Email Christina