Youth mentor efforts praised

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 third straight year.

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

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

Only 36 Big Brothers and Big Sisters agencies across the country, and one other agency in Wisconsin, received the Quality Award for 2016.

The award requires numerous quality thresholds to be met, including a minimum number of children served per year, achieving a pre-determined 12-month retention rates, 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.

“Each match between a Big and Little takes care and attention, and this Quality Award shows that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sheboygan County has done an outstanding job serving children in its community,” said Pam Iorio, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

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

People interested in volunteering should contact the office at 920.458.0111 or visit or more information.

Big Brothers Big Sisters partners with individual donors, foundations, corporations, governments, and others to build the critical network of support that funds and enables the work of carefully matching children with caring adult mentors and providing ongoing support to the child, volunteer mentor and child’s family.

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