Our programs would not be successful without the tremendous dedication of our volunteers. BEST Kids strives to recognize each of our volunteers in a variety of ways.
We hold an annual mentor recognition event where mentors are presented with awards and honored for their service in the program. Our staff also selects a Mentor of the Month each month based on the efforts made by volunteers and the progress being made in the mentoring relationship. Please check out our Mentors of the Month highlighted here! A Mentor of the Year is selected from those honored as a Mentor of the Month and is recognized at our annual celebration and fundraising event that is attended by BEST Kids stakeholders.
We also hold regular social gatherings for mentors to show our appreciation for the work they do, while also serving as a way for mentors to build connections with other mentors, leading to a stronger connection with our agency.
2016 Volunteer Appreciation Night
2016 BEST Kids Awards Recipients
BEST Kids Founder’s Award– Dr. Marilyn Benoit
This award goes to individuals or organizations that have been instrumental in the creation and nurturing of BEST Kids and supported us to get to where we are now.
BEST of Both Worlds Award– Ed Plunkett
This award goes to individuals or organizations that have shown exceptional support for our programs both through volunteerism and financial contributions.
BEST Believer Award– Nicole Harrison
This award recognizes an individual for their contribution of time and resources to help further the impact of our programs.
Bringing out the BEST Award– ALKU Goverment Solutions
This award recognizes a corporation that has invested time and resources in order to maximize our ability to sustain our programs.
BEST Friend Award– Project Create
This award recognizes a partnering agency or group that has gone above and beyond to help advance BEST Kids’ capacity to deliver our programs.
BEST Community Leader- Todd Leibbrand
This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding effort and commitment toward advancing the wellbeing of Washington, DC’s youth in care
2016 BESTie Awards
Mentor of the Year
Most Mentoring Hours
Longest Mentoring Match
Educational Strides Award
Socialization Strides Award
Life Skills Strides Award
Most Creative Outings
All Around Supporter Award
Rookie the Year
Caregiver Connection Award
Go For the Goal Award
“Mentoring gives you the ability to experience new things through the eyes of a mentee. It also gives you the opportunity to develop a strong relationship over time.” - Rachel- Mentor