NOVEMBER 13, 2018
BY: ABIGAIL ELLIS M.S.W., EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MENTOR INDEPENDENCE REGION
As the fourth largest agency in one of the oldest and most respected brands in the youth mentoring business, one might wonder why Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region enthusiastically engaged in a thorough quality assessment of their practices called NQMS or the National Quality Mentoring System. CEO Marcus Allen puts it this way, "As an organization, we must always strive to be better – be better for the kids and families who depend on us, be better for the volunteers who spend nearly 80,000 hours annually to help create stronger communities, and be better for our stakeholders who expect the best from us. The context of mentoring is changing, and the context in which our youth are living their lives is changing. And we need to get out in front of those changes so that we can respond to them proactively."