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BBBSMI Receives A Growth Award!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Michigan (BBBSMI) has been recognized as a Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) Growth Award Winner for program excellence in 2023!

Every year, BBBS agencies are recognized by BBBSA’s Nationwide Leadership Council, made up of local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency leaders and board members, for excellence in the organization’s signature 1-to-1 youth mentoring program. Out of more than 230 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Michigan is one of 100 organizations to receive this top honor.


The Growth Award recognizes agencies that have demonstrated growth in the number of mentors (“Bigs”) and youth (“Littles”) who are matched through the program, year over year.  In 2023 BBBSMI served 222 youth and grew its local services by 14% percent.

“I am so proud of our staff for making quality programming a priority for local youth,” said Amy Kuchta, CEO. “Their hard work and dedication to the mission equates to more mentorship in Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Allegan, and Van Buren counties and a brighter future for area youth.”


For over 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been dedicated to advancing equity, impact, and growth across the organization, making a lasting impact on the lives of young people. Today, the organization creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships, helping build self-confidence and emotional well-being and empowering young people on a path to graduate with a plan for their futures and a mentor whose impact can last a lifetime.

“BBBSMI’s commitment to creating and fostering positive mentoring relationships is a testament to the individuals within their organization,” shares Artis Stevens, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. “Through a shared dedication to meeting the needs of youth in their communities, BBBSMI continues to empower young people to reach their full potential. We are proud to recognize the agency for their excellence in building brighter futures and championing new possibilities.