Local affiliate is one of seven out of 300 affiliates nationwide to achieve Gold Standard Agency status.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley received two national awards during the Big Brothers Big Sisters National Conference in San Diego this week. It was presented with the Board of the Year Award for a small-to-mid-size agency, and also the Pinnacle Award, one of only seven agencies out of 300 to receive it.

The Pinnacle Award is presented to Gold Standard Agencies who have increased their revenue by at least 5 percent and grown their overall number of matches, year over year, for two or more consecutive years. In 2016, BBBSLV served 431 children and grown its local services by 3 percent. BBBSLV is in its 46th year of serving Lehigh Valley youth through mentorship matches. The nonprofit organization received the Quality Award in 2014 and the Gold Standard in 2015, leading up to this year’s Pinnacle Award.

“Awards like this are never a singular accomplishment. This is not just a Big Brothers Big Sisters achievement. It signals growth for our entire community,” said Susan Bartels, president and CEO of BBBSLV. “We strive every day to support children through mentorship. It is truly a testament to the hard work done by our board and staff.”

“We are proud of the growth that BBBSLV has experienced, and we are pleased to recognize that success with the Pinnacle Award,” said Pam Iorio, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. “We thank the staff for its tireless work in service of our mission and commitment to serving more children in the Lehigh Valley region.”

The Big Brothers Big Sisters mission provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. For over 40 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters Lehigh Valley has partnered with parents/guardians, schools, corporations, and others in the Lehigh Valley to pair children (Littles) qualified, trained volunteers (Bigs), and monitor these one-to-one relationships throughout their course.