Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas Honored for Outstanding Quality

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (June 9, 2014) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has named BBBS NWA a 2013 Quality Award honoree. The agency was one of 34 agencies in the 339-agency national mentoring network to receive this recognition. The official announcement will be made at the Leadership Summit in Chicago later this month.

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Quality Award recognizes agencies within the mentoring network that exceed the national Big Brothers Big Sisters average performance for length of each mentoring match relationship and match retention rates. Independent research by Public/Private Ventures found that after 18 months of spending time with their volunteer mentors, kids being served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are more likely than their peers to perform better in school, make healthier and safer choices and have positive interactions with parents.

“Our entire staff is honored to represent quality within our network of Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies and to work with the dedicated board members, donors, community partners, and volunteers who serve our community. Our program staff work diligently every day to make sure our program is of good quality and they are devoted to creating long-term mentoring matches for at-risk children. We are all devoted to providing positive outcomes for Northwest Arkansas children,” said Brittney Gulley, Development Director of BBBS NWA.

Want to be a part of something big? Contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas at 479-966-4366 or visit www.bbbsnwa.org for additional information.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children ("Littles") with screened volunteer mentors ("Bigs") and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course. The first-ever Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Summary, released in 2012, substantiates that its mentoring programs have proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 100-year history. As one of 339 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas served over 225 children last year. Headquartered in Fayetteville we service Benton and Washington County. Along with the National office and affiliates, we are engaged in a nationwide search to reunite with alumni mentors, mentees, donors, and family, staff and board members. Learn more at reunitenow.org or find out about our local efforts at bbbsnwa.org.