JUNEAU - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska recently consolidated its independent agencies into one statewide organization in what it described as an effort to better serve children, families and schools.
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The agency provides one-on-one youth mentoring by matching adults and children who need another adult in their life.
"This is an exciting moment for BBBS," Bill Peters, board chairman, said.
The board of directors for the various independent BBBS agencies across the state discussed the consolidation to tackle financial administration and fundraising challenges last April.
"We're better able to tackle the challenges as a merged organization," said Marc Wheeler, vice president of programs and operations.
"Only through their thoughtful deliberations do we know this is the right move for our agencies and Alaska's kids," Peggy Owens, CEO of BBBS Alaska, said.
The BBBS administrative office will operate in Anchorage and agency vice presidents will be in Fairbanks and Juneau, Wheeler said.
The Juneau office lost its accounting position, which Wheeler said hasn't been filled for some time.
He said the only change Juneau's BBBS participants might see is more opportunity to stay in the program if they move within the state.
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