Independent Study Assesses Impact of Big Brothers Big Sisters

A pharmaceutical professional with more than two decades of experience, Terrell Herring has served as president of commercial operations for Mission Pharmacal Company since 2010. Terrell Herring also utilizes his leadership expertise to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters, which for more than 100 years has been helping youth around the country live up to their full potential. Beginning as a volunteer in Atlanta, Georgia, he eventually became a board member for the organization.

In the mid-1990s, an independent national research organization completed an evaluation of the impact Big Brothers Big Sisters has in communities across the United States. The group chose 950 boys and girls from eight agencies, matching half of them with mentors and placing half of them on a waiting list. After 18 months, they found that the boys and girls matched with a “big” were 46 percent less likely to be using drugs and 52 percent less likely to skip school than their unmatched counterparts. The study made broad conclusions about the benefits of one-on-one mentoring, which include increased confidence, less-violent behaviors, and improvements in schoolwork.