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Local Big Sister celebrates
one year anniversary with Little Sister
East Boston (10/10/2012) — East
Boston resident, Big Sister Marta Pagan-Ortiz and her Little Sister
Yuly, of Chelsea, recently celebrated their one year anniversary.
Big Sister Marta and Little Sister Yuly enjoy baking together.
Big Sister Association of Greater
Boston asks mentors to make a commitment of at least 12 months,
though many Big and Little Sister relationships continue for several
years, and even develop into lifelong friendships.
Research has shown that mentoring
relationships lasting at least one year, particularly for girls,
result in more positive outcomes in a girl’s social-emotional
development, academic performance, and ability to make healthy
There are many essential elements
for a successful match, including the volunteer’s commitment and the
professional assessment, training, and support the volunteers
receive from the agency’s social work staff. Big Sister wishes to
congratulate Pagan-Ortiz on making a difference in the life of her
Little Sister as a caring, supportive friend and mentor.
About Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, the nation’s largest and
only donor and volunteer supported mentoring organization in the Big
Brothers Big Sisters network exclusively serving girls, holds itself
accountable for girls in its program to achieve measurable outcomes,
such as educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and
higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships.
Partnering with parents/guardians,
schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Sister
carefully pairs girls (“Little Sisters”) with screened volunteer
mentors (“Big Sisters”) and monitors and supports these one-to-one
mentoring matches throughout their course.
The first-ever Big Brothers Big
Sisters Youth Outcomes Survey, released in 2012, substantiates that
our mentoring programs have proven, positive academic,
socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to
high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and
college or job readiness.
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston provides girls facing
adversity, often those of single or low-income households or
families, with strong and enduring, professionally supported
one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the
better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of our
organization’s 60+ year history. Learn how you can positively
impact a girl’s life, donate or volunteer at BigSister.org.