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        A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION honoring Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Koch, Saunders

    _______________________, read first time and referred to Committee on


First Regular Session of the 117th General Assembly (2011)


        A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION honoring Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Whereas, Big Brothers Big Sisters is a youth mentoring organization that serves over 7,500 boys and girls in evidence-based, one-to-one mentoring relationships throughout Indiana;

    Whereas, The Big Brothers Big Sisters program has been the 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;

    Whereas, National research has shown that positive mentoring relationships between youths and adult mentors have a direct and measurable impact on children's lives;

    Whereas, Big Brothers Big Sisters 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 who listen, support, encourage, and challenge young persons to reach their potential;

    Whereas, Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring has been shown to help young persons by improving their attitudes toward their parents, peers, and teachers, encouraging students to stay motivated and focused on their education, providing a positive way for young people to spend free time, helping young people face daily challenges, and offering

young people opportunities to consider their future paths;

    Whereas, In a recent study, researchers found that little brothers and sisters were 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27% less likely to begin using alcohol, and 52% less likely to skip school; and

    Whereas, Youths across Indiana who benefit from Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring relationships have come to the Indiana Statehouse to serve as legislative pages and learn more about the state legislative process: Therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives

of the General Assembly of the State of Indiana,

the Senate concurring:

    SECTION 1. That the Indiana General Assembly wishes to commend the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization in Indiana for providing outstanding services to youth throughout our state.
    SECTION 2. That the Principal Clerk of the House of Representatives transmit a copy of this resolution to Big Brothers Big Sisters.