Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has named Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County a 2013 Quality Award honoree. BBBSBC is one of the top achieving affiliates from the 340 agencies in the national mentoring network.
The agency was recognized at the Big Brothers Big Sisters 2013 ReuniteNow National Conference in Denver, Colorado. Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies that receive the Quality Award have exceeded the national average for performance for match length and retention rates.
Match length is a significant factor for success in the mentoring relationship. The 2013 Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Survey® report revealed that after a year of being in a one-to-one mentoring relationship, middle-school aged mentees when compared to their unmatched counterparts outperformed their peers in every area measured.
“The only Big Brothers Big Sisters agency in the region to be recognized for the past five consecutive years, I am proud to work with a team that is so dedicated to our mission of helping children facing adversity beat the odds and succeed in life,” said Ursula Raczak, CEO. “The positive changes we are able to achieve are helping to ensure brighter futures for the youth in our program.”
Each Big Brother or Big Sister completes a “Report on the Match” at the anniversary of the match.
The following outcomes were reported during the 2012-2013 year:
- 91% of volunteers reported an increase in client’s self-confidence;
- 85% of volunteers reported client’s ability to avoid substance abuse was not a problem;
- 73% of volunteer reported clients improved in their ability to make decisions;
- 72% of volunteers reported client’s ability to avoid delinquency was not a problem.
“Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County serves as a nationwide example of how quality mentoring services lead to the measurable outcomes that are unique to Big Brothers Big Sisters. We hold ourselves accountable for helping our mentees achieve educational success; have greater confidence and aspirations; and avoid of risky and delinquent behaviors,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President and CEO Charles Pierson. “Our network salutes Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County for receiving this honor.”