Big Sister Programme

Navigating the way through the challenging era of teendom does not get any easier for our girls. In fact, several new developments around technology, peer pressure, mean girls, body image, early sexualisation, mental health and relationship intimacy place exacting demands on our girls around the time when their individuality, uniqueness and aspirations should be up front and centre.

Quite often having someone to talk to and guide them through this frame-breaking time when their identity is taking shape, can make a huge difference and this is the remit of our Big Sister programme.

 

Girls Out Loud – Big and Little Sisters Talk About Their Shared Journey from girlsoutloud on Vimeo.


WHO’S THE PROGRAMME FOR?

The Big Sister mentoring programme targets the girls who sit in the middle of the cohort and simply cruise and are in danger of becoming invisible as they are neither seriously disruptive, nor super academically gifted. They struggle to find their place and often get lost in the noise and either hide in the corner or look for validation in all the wrong places. At Girls Out Loud we understand these girls and we believe these girls have the potential to be shining stars. They are the managers, leaders and entrepreneurs of the future and with some investment from a team of awesome role models to light the way they will learn to believe in themselves, find their voice, step up and shine.

BECOMING A BIG SISTER:

We recruit, select, train and support women from all walks of life to step up and become Big Sisters – from the corporate sector, entrepreneurs, the public sector and everything in between! Our only criteria for getting involved is that you are a positive role model and our definition of this is simple…

  1. You must be at least 23 years old with some life experience.
  2. You must be comfortable in your own skin
  3. You must be able to define your own success
  4. You must be willing to be there for a young girl, committed to her well being for 12 months.

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HOW IT WORKS:

We contract with a school to run a Big Sister programme for 20 girls, from the same year, over 12 months. We then recruit and train 20 Big Sisters and connect the 20 Big Sisters and 20 Little Sisters and they work together as a family unit within the school environment for the following year. Alongside monthly one to one sessions our team organise several group events throughout the year for the whole cohort starting with a launch event where the Big Sisters get to meet their Little Sister for the first time, ending with a graduation ceremony where the Big and Little Sister celebrate their year together.

The programme is a personal development journey for both Big and Little Sisters and this is apparent from our evaluation and impact studies.

This is why we do it…

This film was taken at one of our Big Sister graduation ceremonies where Big and Little Sisters celebrate their year long journey of mentoring and support together. They thank each other, share journeys and say goodbye – very empowering event!

 

THE IMPACT:

To date as a result of the Big Sister programme the confidence improvement in girls is 100%. We see around 50% improvement in attendance; 90% of girls on target to achieve 3 levels of improvement with regard to attainment; no pregnancies, no anti-social behaviour; and over 90% of girls setting their sights on further education or some form of vocational training.

We see shy girls find their voice; we see queen bees channel their street smart in a more empowering way; we see newly confident girls standing up for themselves, moving into new peer groups, making better choices with more emotional resilience and excited about their future.

And most importantly we see girls recognising their potential and embracing their greatness and taking on our philosophy of paying it forward and becoming a Big Sister to other girls in their school who may need some support or a friend.

Just want to say a massive thank you to all the big sisters that helped be a part of the 1st group at sir William Stanier in Crewe and a special thank you to Rachel as if it was not for you all I wouldn’t be were I am now or the person I am today. I am open and I am a totally different person. I now teach year 11’s on Thursdays at college and I am a student representative. I wouldn’t have done this 2 years ago so thank you so much my life has moved on more now being the person I am today thanks to all of you. Xxxxx

Sophie – Sir William Stanier School

Keep up to date with our Big Sisters via our ‘Sister Talk’ blog.