Big Brothers Big Sisters Receives National Award

The National Leadership Council (NLC) of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America recently announced that Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Coastal Empire has been selected as a Gold Standard Award winner for 2009.

As a Gold Standard Award winner, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Coastal Empire will join 21 other agencies from more than 400 plus BBBS network for consideration as Agency of the Year. The NCL will announce the 2009 Agency of the Year at the National Leadership Summit in Atlanta in June 2010.

The National Leadership Council serves at the linkage between local affiliates and the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ (BBBS) National office. The focus of the Council is to promote engagement and communication in order to increase the effectiveness throughout the entire BBBS network; to develop and implement nationwide strategic and operating plans, programs and best practices for implementation at local agencies; and to make governance decisions on BBBS’ nationally recognized Standards of Practice.

The Gold Standard Award represents the highest standard of quality and sustained growth. To be eligible for the award, each agency must demonstrate growth in children served, accompanied by revenue growth, and demonstration of quality service. In only its first full year of operation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Coastal Empire was selected because it had: o A growth rate of 3% higher in 2009 than 2008 o Revenue growth of 2% or higher than 2008 o Had a national average closure rate of less than 36% of it matches.

“Our priority is our commitment to providing long-term mentoring that results in proven positive educational and social outcomes,” said John Kendricks, Executive Director of BBBSCE. “We are excited to receive this award because it tells our donors and the community that we are providing quality service to our children, families, and volunteers. I want to thank my staff for their hard work and our donors whose financial support helps us to provide continuing support for our children, their families, and our volunteer,” said Kendricks.

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