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Posted November 10, 2011
Big Brothers Big Sisters honored for 12-month retention rates

CEDAR RAPIDS, Ia., November 9, 2011 — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids and East Central Iowa has been honored for being ranked 7th in the nation out of mroe than 360 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in 12-month retention rates for both site-based and community-based matches.  

Seventy-four percent of site-based matches and 83 percent of community-based matches within the agency were retained past their one year anniversary.  Retention of matches for at least 12 months is essential to Big Brothers Big Sisters’ goal of providing youths who are facing adversity with the caring support of an adult in a stable, long-term relationship.   

Big Brothers Big Sisters offers two primary mentoring programs to at-risk children in our community: Community-Based and Lunch Buddies. All children served in either program are matched with a caring adult mentor in a one-to-one relationship. Together, each match identifies their common interests and explores new opportunities, as is illustrated with Big Brother Tony Kuker and Little Brother Caidan.  Matched for just over a year, Tony and Caidan have spent the past two Halloweens carving pumpkins together. 

From L to R: Little Brother Caidan and Big Brother Tony Kuker, Halloween 2010

From L to R: Big Brother Tony Kuker and Little Brother Caidan, Halloween 2011

Big  Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids and East Central Iowa, BeABigCR.org, provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.  Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated.  
As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”).  Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to facilitate the success of children living in our community by encouraging education and school attendance through providing focus in three competency areas:  Connectedness, Attendance, Resources, Extra Curricular (C.A.R.E).  Big Brothers Big Sisters has already seen that the Character Building Project is a springboard for greater success for the children served.  The Character Building Project is an initiative of Big Brothers Big Sisters to help children grow as individuals through education and exposure to a variety of competency areas. 
For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters contact Kathy Beardsworth at (319) 377-8993 or kathyb@beabigcr.org

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