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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake Earns

2016 Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Quality Award

Awarded for Team Leadership and Quality Community Programming

BALTIMORE, MD – March 28, 2017 - Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake (BBBSGC), has been named a 2016 Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Quality Award winner. This honor was awarded to 35 affiliate agencies out of over 300 nationwide.

“I am proud of our organization’s dedication, hard work, and commitment to exceeding our national standards,” said Kera Ritter, President and CEO of BBBSGC. “Our professional staff excelled during a challenging year, resulting in positive outcomes for our youth and the Greater Baltimore region.”

In the past year, BBBSGC has served 979 children by connecting them with a supportive adult volunteer (“Bigs”) and supporting those mentoring relationships. The quality award recognizes BBBSGC for its excellent community programming.

“Each match between a Big and Little takes care and attention, and this Quality Award shows that BBBSGC has done an outstanding job serving children in its community,” said Pam Iorio, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the America.

The Quality Award also reflects the care and attention that goes into each match between a Big and a Little. BBBSGC will receive the award at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National Conference in San Diego, California, in June 2017.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake (BBBSGC), founded in 1952, is the oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the State of Maryland. The agency currently serves almost 1,000 youth in the Greater Chesapeake area. BBBSGC provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Big Brothers Big Sisters ensures that the children in its program achieve measurable outcomes, including educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 113-year history. With over 300 affiliates across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters has served more than 2 million children (“Littles”) in the past 10 years. Learn more at


Big Brothers Big Sisters Honors Art Modell

"Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake is greatly saddened by Mr. Art Modell’s passing and grieve a great man and philanthropic leader who, along with his beloved wife Pat, truly made a difference in helping vulnerable children succeed.  Art and Pat Modell were ardent supporters of Big Brothers Big Sisters, believing that all children deserve at least one person that can shape their character and help them thrive.  Love and friendship are basic human needs, but for thousands of Maryland children, they are elusive.  This is why Art and Pat were so passionate about the work that Big Brothers Big Sisters does to provide mentors who can be trusted friends.

For decades, Art and Pat were known as mentors par excellence.  They hosted the Big Brothers Big Sisters Holiday Party for children and youth in our programs.  For many of these children, this party was the only holiday celebration that they would have, and Art and Pat made it so memorable.  They hosted more than 8,000 Bigs and Littles at M&T Stadium, offering kid-friendly food, games, tours of the field, a teen lounge, and a chance to meet the players and cheerleaders.  For our children, it was the highlight of the year.

Art and Pat’s legacy will continue through Big Brothers Big Sisters’ “Art of Caring” Award.  Ten years ago, we created this award and named it after Art, its first recipient, for his true leadership in philanthropy and for exemplifying what mentoring truly meant.  Since Mr. Modell had not yet been inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Big Brothers Big Sisters created our own to honor his commitment to youth and his philanthropic endeavors here in Baltimore.  In the years that followed, we have given the award to those whose contributions to mentoring and caring for children and youth deserved a place in the “Hall of Fame.”

We are inspired by Art and Pat’s legacy in caring for Maryland children over the years.  Though we are incredibly saddened that Art is no longer with us, he and Pat made an indelible mark on all of us and the children and youth in our programs.  We know that their legacy will continue to live on in us and in the thousands of Maryland children they served." 
- Wendy Bohdel, Acting Chief Operating Officer

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OJJDP Names BBBS community-based mentoring effective practice -- The Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) community-based (CB) mentoring program is featured as an "effective" practice in a new Website launched by the Office of Justice Program (OJP). This website is part of OJP's efforts to be a resource to inform practitioners and policymakers about what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice and crime victim services. You can see the BBBS profile by clicking on the following link:

The website is called and includes information on more than 150 justice-related programs. The site assigns "evidence ratings" -- effective, promising, or no effects. The Big Brothers Big Sisters profile cites the 2000 study titled Making a Difference: An Impact Study of Big Brothers/Big Sisters by Public/Private Ventures as providing evidence that our mentoring model is effective at producing positive outcomes.

Due to the fact that BBBS has research to support the effectiveness of our mentoring model, it is considered an "Evidenced-Based Practice" (EBP). An EBP designation means that the BBBS model has been submitted through a scientifically rigorous evaluation that determined that our model has a positive impact on youth.


Get the Facts:
Big Brothers Big Sisters Fact Sheet

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life.  Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters live 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”).  Providing a system of ongoing evaluation and support, Big Brothers Big Sisters is proven by independent studies to help families by improving the odds that Littles will perform better in school and avoid violence and illegal activities, and have stronger relationships with their parents and others.  Headquartered in Philadelphia with a network of nearly 400 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves a quarter million children annually.


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