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BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF CEDAR RAPIDS & EAST CENTRAL IOWA HONORED FOR OUTSTANDING QUALITY


Cedar Rapids, July 11, 2013 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has named Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa a 2013 Quality Award honoree.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa is one of the top achieving affiliates from the 340 agencies in the national mentoring network.  They received this recognition Tuesday, June 25, during 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.

“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 Linda Henecke, President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa. “We will continue to support long-lasting mentoring matches that create positive outcomes for the youth in our program.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Survey® finds children enrolled in the organization’s community-based program for at least a year progress in areas related to education, behavior and socio-emotional wellbeing.
• 94 percent maintained or improved in their attitudes towards risky behaviors
• 85 percent maintained or improved in their educational expectations
• 83 percent maintained or improved in social acceptance.

 “Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa 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 Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa for receiving this honor.”

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.  Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Survey Report reinforces the mentoring program’s evidence base of 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 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.  With about 350 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves nearly 630,000 children, volunteers and families. The organization is engaged in a nationwide search to reunite with alumni mentors, mentees, donors, and family, staff and board members.  Learn more at BigBrothersBigSisters.org.

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