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Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS)

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is an international mentoring organisation that has been operating for over 100 years and is active in many countries world-wide.

The BBBS programme is active in New Zealand and Taranaki in particular, largely due to the significant support the programme receives from AWE and the Tui Joint Venture Partners.

 BBBS Programme supported by AWE

BBBS seeks to match young people (aged 7 to 17 years) with older mentors in a bid to provide positive, stable and independent role models.

AWE have stated that their fundamental aim is to leave any local community in better shape after they have conducted their O&G operations.

Extensive research in the USA examining the effects of mentoring on the young person have discovered that mentored youth are:

  • 46% less likely to use drugs
  • 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
  • 52% less likely to skip school
  • More confident in their school work
  • Better able to get on with their families

The Taranaki branch is extremely active and is the largest BBBS agency in New Zealand. The whole community benefits from this partnership.