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Impact of Youth Mentoring

Foróige's Big Brother Big Sister Programme has undergone extensive research. This research has found that the programme has many positive outcomes for the young people and volunteers involved.

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Young people with a Mentor have:

  • Improved emotional wellbeing 
  • Better social support and relationships
  • Improved attitude towards school and plans for completion of further education 
  • Reduced engagement in risky behaviour 
  • Improved parental and peer relationships 


UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway, 2011. 

Report 1: Randomised Controlled Trial and Implementation Report

Report 2: Qualitative Evidence

Report 3: Summary Report


UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway, 2018.

Big Brother Big Sister Youth Diversion Project - Perspectives on Youth Mentoring as a Preventative Intervention

Big Brother Big Sister GYDP Mentoring - Youth Friendly Report


Other Big Brother Big Sister Related Reports

Mentoring for Young People in Care

Exploring the Impact of Mentoring Relationships in Adolescent Empathy: A Mixed Methods Approach

Relational Dynamics in Youth Mentoring: A Mixed-methods Study