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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh Named Agency of the Year

The agency, which serves Washington County and other nearby counties, was honored last week.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has named Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh—which serves Allegheny, Washignton, and Greene counties—a Pinnacle Award honoree and Agency of the Year.

The Pinnacle Award recognizes agencies in its 355-affiliate network that achieve “Gold Standard” status—successfully providing high-quality services to children and increasing revenue—for two consecutive years.

The Agency of the Year award is presented to the local agency that best demonstrates specific criteria for excellence in quality mentoring services, including sustained longterm mentoring relationships and increased revenues that ensure sustainability and growth through professional support provided to mentors, youth and their families. The agency received the award at the Big
Brothers Big Sisters 2012 National Leadership Summit last week in Washington, D.C.

“We are extremely proud of the achievements of Pittsburgh and its success in bringing quality mentoring programs and proven positive outcomes to children,” said Cindy Mesko, senior vice president of Agency and Program Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. “Local agency excellence is how, as the nation’s premier mentoring network, we are able to hold ourselves accountable to the children and families we serve, as well as to the donors, volunteers and community partners who provide the resources that make our work possible.”

Selection of the Gold Standard Award is based on specific criteria that demonstrate excellence in quality mentoring services to children, including sustained long-term mentoring relationships.

“We are very pleased to again be recognized as the best of the best of Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the country,” said Jan S. Glick, chief executive officer of BBBSPGH. “Together with a dedicated network of donors, volunteers, families, partners, board and staff members we will continue to serve the children of Allegheny, Washington and Greene counties in strong and long-lasting mentoring relationships in order to pave the way for a better future for our community.”

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