Big Brothers Big Sisters Agencies Meet in Denver for ReuniteNow National Conference, Sponsored by Comcast and NBCUniversal Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Convenes Staff from 340 Local Agencies to focus on Strengthening Resources to Help More Youth Succeed in School and Life

DENVER, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation's largest network of youth mentoring agencies, will convene at The Marriott City Center in Denver June 23-26, 2013 for its ReuniteNow National Conference.  Along with celebrity ambassadors, corporate funders and top youth advocates, agency leaders and alumni "Bigs" and "Littles" will share effective strategies for strengthening outcomes and reaching the children who most benefit from long-term one-to-one mentoring.

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Over the course of four days, youth mentoring experts will share successful strategies for improving educational and socio-emotional outcomes for children who face adversity. The conference will focus on best practices to provide the network's 340 local agencies the support they need to conquer challenges facing youth and families in communities across the country.

The mentoring network will also celebrate its national Big Brother of the Year and Big Sister of the Year.  Comcast and NBCUniversal will present the honorees at 7:30 p.m., June 24, at the Seawell Grand Ballroom. (*To view a full a schedule of the conference please visit the link at the end of this document.) 

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock will join Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President and CEO Charles Pierson, and other mentoring and youth services leaders to welcome guests at the opening ceremony. Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrity ambassadors, including two-time Super Bowl Champion Darrin Smith; 2012 Miss America Laura Kaeppeler; and former Big Sister, NBC News' Kate Snow, are a few of the highlighted personalities who will present during the conference.

Strategically, the organization is committed to expanding its services to reach more children - remaining relevant and being "of" the communities it serves and re-engaging its network of more than one million alumni Bigs, Littles, staff and board members, and their friends and families. Youth enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters face a variety of significant challenges, for example: growing up in single-parent homes, poverty, households where a parent is incarcerated, or military families.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children ("Littles") with screened volunteer mentors ("Bigs") and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course. The first-ever Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Summary substantiates that its mentoring programs have proven positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth - areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization's 100-year history. With about 350 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves nearly 630,000 children, volunteers and families. The organization is engaged in a nationwide search to reunite with alumni mentors, mentees, donors, family, staff and board members. 

Learn more at BigBrothersBigSisters.org.

*View full ReuniteNow National Conference schedule at:

http://agencyconnection.bbaibs.org/site/c.9dJGKRNqFmG/b.8637481/k.E723/2013_National_Conference_Schedule.htm

 *Follow the conference on Twitter:

#ReuniteNow2013

SOURCE Big Brothers Big Sisters



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