Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego


Big Brothers Big Sisters of America recognized six outstanding affiliates that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and have increased the number of children served in their communities. The top agency boards recognized during the 2016 National Conference Gala in Orlando include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa, BBBS of the Midlands and BBBS of San Diego County (BBBS of SDC).

“We are proud of all of our more than 300 affiliates and the thousands of children they serve across the country, but these three boards went above and beyond the traditional standards of success,” said Pam Iorio, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. “These agencies and boards show extraordinary leadership and have huge impacts in the communities they serve.”

By guiding staff and shaping programming, agency boards have a profound impact on the success of the agencies in their communities. This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County won the Large Agency Alliance Board of the Year, by successfully introducing a robust 2016-2020 strategic plan for serving more children in need of a supportive adult mentor. This is the first time in the agency’s 55 year history winning this award.

“We are honored to be chosen as the top board among the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters’ agencies across the nation,” said Rich Yousko, BBBS of SDC board chair. “It is my great pleasure to serve alongside this group of committed and passionate community leaders, who volunteer their time and resources to assure the success of Big Brothers Big Sisters mission.”

Agency leaders from Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Nationwide Leadership Council select the winners of the Agency of the Year and Board of the Year awards, based on growth in the number of children served, quality and length of mentoring matches and increased revenues that support the agency financially.

Big Brothers Big Sisters has provided 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. Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life, donate or volunteer today at, or call (858) 536-4900.