DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Big Brothers Big Sisters in Decatur is taking part in a critical long term study on mentoring.

It is one of just 16 programs in the nation selected for the Youth Relationship Study.

It will evaluate the benefits that Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring relationships provide, such as success in school, mental health, and avoidance of risk behaviors.

This will be a 5-year long study.