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Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region receives National "Gold Standard Award"

“Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region represents the best of the best, working strategically to partner with donors and other supporters in their community to support Bigs, Littles and families with sustaining long-term mentoring relationships that help children reach their potential,” said Pam Iorio, President and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Agencies selected for the Gold Standard Award must demonstrate excellence in quality mentoring services, including sustained long-term mentoring relationships and increased revenues.

“The mission and impact of Big Brothers Big Sisters has energized our Board of Directors, excited our staff and propelled our agency to national recognition.  We are extremely thankful to our donors and our community, and we hope they will celebrate with us by helping create more one-to-one mentoring relationships in the Michigan Capital Region,” said Dr. Phil Knight, Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcome Survey finds children enrolled in the organization’s one-to-one mentoring program for at least a year progress in areas related to education, behavior and socio-emotional well-being.  Local evaluation data from 2013 shows that 95% of children served maintained or improved avoidance of risky behaviors, 65% maintained or improved grades and 91% maintained or improved parental trust.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America honors Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region with the 2014 Gold Standard Award.  Local agency staff accepted the award June 17 at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Nationwide Leadership Summit in Chicago.  The organization was one of 12 in a network of over 300 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the country to receive this award.

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