MENTORING YOUTH. CHANGING FUTURES.
Every child is born with potential to succeed. But faced with adversity, the opportunity to change the trajectory of their lives is limited. A mentor empowers them to realize their biggest possible future. To strive for goals they once believed out of their control. To achieve their full potential.
1 IN 3 YOUTH
Oklahoma leads the nation in incarceration rates meaning one in ten children in our state currently have a parent incarcerated. For those 26,000 children, they are 70% more likely than other children to end up incarcerated themselves.
Nearly one third of Oklahoma children have incurred two or more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) ranking us number one among other states. In adulthood, they are more likely to suffer from alcoholism, abuse drugs, suffer from depression and not graduate high school.
There is a mentoring gap in America. One third of our nation’s youth are growing up without a positive role model. Big Brothers Big Sisters aims to fill that gap in an effort to combat adverse childhood experiences and put children on the path to their biggest possible futures.