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Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southeast Alaska will receive a Top 2002 Agency Growth award this week at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America annual conference in Anaheim, Calif. The award goes to the top 25 of the 500 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in the country for children served over the past year.
"It's a great honor to receive this award," said BBBS Board President Karen Lechner. "But the real reward is knowing that we're helping more local youth by finding caring, adult mentors for them."
The agency served 135 youth in 2001, compared to 96 in 2000. The growth happened in both the agency's Community and School Mentoring Programs. The addition of a satellite program in Sitka and a new program at the Johnson Youth Center also contributed to more youth being matched.
"As we add new volunteer opportunities and expand our services throughout Southeast Alaska, we hope to serve even more youth next year," said Lechner. "Our goal is to find caring adult mentors for all the children in the region that need one, and that's what we'll continue to do."
Thanks to grants from the federal government, the agency plans to open new satellite programs in Ketchikan and Hoonah later this summer.
Members of the agency's board and staff will attend the BBBSA National Conference this week in Anaheim to receive the award. The agency will also receive an award for revenue growth in its Bowl For Kids' Sake Campaign over the previous year.