Youth mentors win award for quality

The Big Brothers Big Sisters National Leadership Council (NLC) recently recognized Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sheboygan County with a national Quality Award for team leadership and quality community programming for the second straight year.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sheboygan County is the only chapter in Wisconsin to have been recognized with this award for two consecutive years.

“I am once again delighted and so proud of our board and staff for making quality programming a priory for our local children,” said Tim Kaker, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sheboygan County. “A second year of this national recognition certainly validates our work in serving the needs of our community.”

Only 41 Big Brothers and Big Sisters agencies across the country received the Quality Award for 2015.

The award requires a number of quality thresholds to be met, including a minimum number of children served per year, achieving a pre-determined 12-month retention rate and meeting minimum criteria for frequency and completeness of supervisory contacts with mentor – mentee matches.

Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs children, “Littles,” with screened volunteer mentors, “Bigs,” and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course.

Studies show that children with a regular mentor have higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoidance of risky behaviors and educational success.

The agency has been matching adult mentors to area children since 1965 in Sheboygan County.

In the past year, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Sheboygan County has served 433 children. Over the past two years, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Sheboygan County increased the number of matches by 14 percent and maintained a match retention rate of 92 percent for the traditional “community-based” matches and 79.4 percent for the “schoolbased” program (Lunch Buddies).

Volunteers are needed to provide youth with support and encouragement through caring and consistent friendships.

People interested in volunteering should contact the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sheboygan County office at 920-458-0111 or visit www.bbbssc.org for more information.


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