Big Brothers Big Sisters Award Volunteers of the Year, 2011

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State alliance recognizes mentor and child relationships

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Virginia Alliance has announced the winners of the 2011 ‘Big Brother of the Year’, Mark Houghton and Little Brother Nate and ‘Big Sister of the Year’, Ashley Mroczek and Little Sister Sydney. Coincidentally, both mentor award winners represent Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters. On Tuesday, May 24, 2011 from 6-8pm at the Snowden House in Fredericksburg, VA, representatives from around the state will join this local chapter to celebrate these individuals with a plaque presentation and light reception.

Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters (RBBBS) is a community based nonprofit organization that has served planning district sixteen for 43 years. Their mission is to make a positive, measurable difference in the lives of the most at-risk youth by promoting self-esteem and character development, expanding awareness of life’s opportunities and providing education, guidance and support through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships. In 2010, RBBBS served 371 youth in planning district sixteen. RBBBS places special emphasis on serving minority children from single parent homes and children with an incarcerated parent as these children are considered to be the children most at-risk.

Mark Houghton – Virginia Big Brother of the Year
Mark Houghton has been Nate’s Big Brother for nearly three years. It was evident from the very beginning that this was a perfect Match for both of them. Mark’s patience and ability to challenge Nate, while always keeping that “kid friendly” element at work, has shown remarkable progress in Nate’s maturity, consideration for others, school grades, self confidence and all over happiness. When you see them together, it’s quite difficult to tell which one is having more fun, Nate or Mark?

Ashley Mroczek – Virginia Big Sister of the Year
Ashley Mroczek has been Sydney’s Big Sister for almost three years. Ashley and Sydney exemplify all the qualities we look for in a mentoring relationship. Despite a full-time career as an Attorney at Law, Ashley carves out time to spend with Sydney. She appreciates the value a long term relationship can have in nurturing a child and gives selflessly of her time, energy and resources. Sydney has learned from Ashley that there are limitless opportunities for her future.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Virginia Alliance is represented by various locations throughout the state. They meet quarterly to collaborate on organizational growth and sustainability, training and professional development and ways to advocate. Supporting each other, they find best practices to better serve their clients across the state. The following areas are represented through the alliance: Abingdon, Blacksburg, Charlottesville, Danville, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, Richmond, Rappahannock, Roanoke, Williamsburg, Winchester. Juli Ferrell is acting President, Tracy Pryor is Vice President and Elizabeth Chisolm is Treasurer.


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