The program is designed to help younger adolescents (called 'littles', ages 6-18), especially those facing adversity, reach their potential by matching them with adult volunteers (age 18 or more) who serve as mentors. The matching takes various factors (such as ethnicity, religion, preferences, etc.) into consideration.
- All other drugs
- After school
- Elementary to high school students, particularly those facing adversity
- Age group: 6-18
- Gender: Male and female
Assumptions and Outcomes
- Positive adult role models
- Academic achievement
- Reduction in violent behaviors
- There is no fixed lessons that the ‘littles’ have to take. However, a typical program requires the pair to spend 3-5 hours per week together for at least one year.
- Apart from some guidelines for the ‘big’ (volunteers) about how they spend their time, there is no fixed curriculum.
- Providers/facilitators: Adult volunteers (18+) who spend time together with the ‘littles’
- Training needed: Yes, after the potential volunteers pass the rigorous screening process to make sure they would honor the time commitment and do not pose a safety risk to the youth.
- The program started in 1904 and has been implemented in 50 states and all US territories. It also has been implemented in more than 10 countries, ranging from Russia to Bermuda.
- African American
- Hispanic or Latino
|0||No contextual relevance|
|1||Place-based or ethno-culture|
|2||Place-based and ethno-culture|
|3||Place-based or ethno-culture pertaining to Hawai'i|
|4||Hawai'i-oriented contextual relevance|
Note: This framework was based on a study which examined several nationally recognized prevention programs to determine whether any may have cultural relevance to the context of Hawai'i (Rehurer, Hiramatsu & Helm, 2008 ). We borrowed this framework and applied it to a more current list of EBPs. This approach looks at whether or not a program’s curriculum content was originated and developed with a certain place or culture in mind. A score of 0 (zero) indicates no specific reference to a place or an ethno-culture was included in the program’s development (no contextual cultural relevance) and a score of 4 (four) indicates that the program was developed either specifically for Hawai'i or was developed somewhere else but was then also adapted for "local" and/or Native Hawaiian cultures. Placement of a program on the continuum was based on the sample population listed in their study reports and included considerations of 1) whether the program was ever implemented with populations similar to the racial/ethnic composition of Hawai’i's population and 2) whether the program was ever adapted to meet the needs of a specified local or ethnic culture (for instance, was the curriculum has successfully implemented in Spanish or languages other than English?).
|Honolulu County||2011||Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Honolulu|
- Big Brothers Big Sisters National Office, 450 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 100, Irving, TX 75062, Phone: (469) 351-3100, Fax: (972) 717-6507- fax
- Big Brothers and Big Sisters website: www.bbbs.org
- Big Brothers and Big Sisters on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SHAMSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP): Big Brothers and Big Sisters Mentoring Program
- Center on the Family, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. (2016). Prevention Programs Online Survey, 2014–2016 (Tool C2 & D5)
- Center on the Family, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. (2013). Substance Abuse Prevention Resource Mapping Project
- Rehuher, D., Hiramatsu, T., & Helm, S. (2008). Evidence-based youth drug prevention: a critique with implications for practice-based contextually relevant prevention in Hawai'i. Hawaii Journal of Public Health. 1(1): 52-61. Retrieved from http://health.hawaii.gov/hjmph/files/2013/09/Volume1.1.pdf
- Yuan, S., Sabino, S., & Wongkaren, T. (2013). Final evaluation report: Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant, State of Hawaii, 2006-2012. Honolulu, HI: Center on the Family, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.