Continue reading to learn about the markers we use to empower children/youth and how they enable them to thrive later in life
Eight Thriving Indicators
We believe the following Thriving Indicators, if achieved, are incredible signs that a young person will achieve success in life as an adult.
1. Succeeds in School 2. Helps Others 3. Values Diversity 4. Maintains Good Health
5. Exhibits Leadership 6. Delays Gratification 7. Resists Danger 8. Overcomes Adversity
How Thriving Indicators Impact Our Work
Our mentorship model ensures that young people have access to a strong developmental relationship (their Big and support network from BBBST). The support of strong developmental relationships allows them to create Developmental Assets that assist in the process to become well-rounded individuals. This strong foundation allows for achievement of the Thriving Indicators listed above.
We have found that achievement of the Thriving Indicators will allow a greater opportunity for success in your adult life.
The success of Thriving Indicators will look different for each young person we work with. For some, success in school looks like passing that super hard Math test, for others it means attending a post-secondary institution. Both are equally important and are applauded as such. Our Bigs keep this in mind as they work with their Littles. They celebrate all steps towards achieving Thriving Indicators – no matter how big or small.
Succeeds in School: In 2018, after being mentored by a Big, we saw a 14% increase in Littles reporting that they have completed their homework on time.
Helps Others: 94% of matched Littles reported that they place a high value on helping others.
Values Diversity: 70% of Bigs spending time building cultural awareness and understanding in Littles.
Maintains Good Health: After being matched with a Big, Littles with access to sports or community programs increased by 20% in 2018.
Exhibits Leadership: After they were matched, we saw an 18% increase in Littles who reported accepting responsibility to their actions.
Delaying Gratification: After they were matched, we saw an 18% increase in Littles who reported accepting responsibility to their actions.
Resists Danger: 87% of mentored Littles reported that they are prepared to resist negative peer pressure, which is a 16% increase when compared to non-mentored children.
Overcomes Adversity: Non-mentored children are 21% less likely to report their lives have a sense of purpose.