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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 decisions.

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

Sarah MacDonald



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