State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) honored Big Brothers Big Sisters today for their profound efforts in mentoring more than 7,500 boys and girls around the state.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters is a youth mentoring organization that serves boys and girls in evidence-based, one-on-one mentoring relationships throughout Indiana.
"This program has been a leader in one-to-one youth mentoring service for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people," said Rep. Saunders.
"These mentors selflessly donate countless hours each year to promote the positive development and well-being of thousands of boys and girls by serving as caring, committed adult role models."
Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring has shown to help young people by improving their attitudes toward their parents, peers and teachers, while encouraging students to stay motivated and focused on their education.
In a recent study conducted by Big Brothers Big Sisters, researchers found that little brothers and sisters were 46 percent less likely to begin using illegal drugs; 27 percent less likely to being using alcohol; and 52 percent less likely to skip school.
Several mentors from Big Brothers Big Sisters, along with co-sponsor Rep. Eric Koch (R-Bedford), were present during today's ceremony on the House floor.