Big Brothers Big Sisters Good As ‘Gold’

Jul 12, 2017

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County is a Gold Standard Award Winner for its leadership, growth and dedication to helping area youth. BBBSOC was identified for the award for 2016 by the Big Brothers Big Sisters Nationwide Leadership Council.

This is especially exciting for the area organization, as it is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year,.

“Our mission is changing children’s lives for the better, forever, and receiving the Gold Standard Award at the national conference shows that we are helping more and more children in our community,” said CEO Sue Sedivec. “Every day, our staff works hard to make sure that more children have access to the benefits of a mentor, a mentor who will be a special friend and a positive role model, throughout their young lives.”

In the past year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County has served over 500 children.

The Gold Standard Award recognizes agencies that have increased their revenue by at least 5 percent and grown the number of matches, year after year.

“Earning this award shows the commitment of not only Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County, but the whole community, including donors, board members and staff,” said Pam Iorio, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. “We thank Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County for pursuing growth and quality to serve more children in Ocean County, N.J.”

Out of more than 300 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County was one of only 16 agencies recognized as Gold Standard Award Winners at the 2017 Big Brothers Big Sisters National Conference in San Diego, Calif., on June 27.

BBBSOC is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit formed in 1997 that serves the mentoring needs of Ocean County children (Littles) facing adversity. The agency provides a carefully matched mentor (Big) in a supervised mentoring relationship. This one-to-one mentoring approach has been proven to have a positive impact on the social and educational development of children, and BBBSOC’s annual outcome surveys support these findings. Learn more at the website bbbsoc.org.  —M.S.

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