2013 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia NW Second Chance Program

Director Comey and Tami Wallis

Tami Wallis accepts the award on behalf of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia NW Second Chance Program.
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The Portland Division honors the Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia NW Second Chance Program, which helps youth who are involved with the juvenile justice system. Accepting the award on behalf of the organization is Tami Wallis.

The Second Change Program began in 2010, pairing troubled youth with mentors to reduce recidivism and promote a safer community. The program is designed for youth ages 12-17 who are struggling with substance abuse, truancy, and antisocial behaviors. The youth are referred to the program by parole and probation officers, caseworkers, parents and guardians, and other social service providers. Those who volunteer to mentor the youth are adults who were previously involved in the justice system, educators, lawyers, police officers, retired military, members of the faith-based community, and others who have a passion for working with older high-risk youth.

Once in the program, the youth are assigned a mentor who encourages the development of positive behavior while offering guidance on transitioning back into the community, finishing their education, and envisioning their goals for the future as a productive, crime-free young adult. Within a short time, the 33 local youth currently in the program have experienced improvements in their self-confidence, scholastic competency, grades, and parental trust.


FBI Director Recognizes
Distinguished Community Leaders
Director’s Community Leadership Awards

In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters on April 4, 2014, Director James B. Comey recognized the recipients of the 2013 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“This year’s honorees have distinguished themselves in remarkable ways through their hard work, their leadership, and their strength of character,” said Director Comey. “They are ordinary citizens, but what they have accomplished is nothing short of extraordinary.”

Recipients of the 2013 Director’s Community Leadership Award are:

- Albany
- Albuquerque
- Anchorage
- Atlanta
- Baltimore
- Birmingham
- Boston
- Buffalo
- Charlotte
- Chicago
- Cincinnati
- Cleveland
- Columbia
- Dallas
- Denver
- Detroit
- El Paso
- Honolulu
- Houston
- Indianapolis
- Jackson
- Jacksonville
- Kansas City
- Knoxville
- Las Vegas
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles
- Louisville
- Memphis

- Milwaukee
- Minneapolis
- Mobile
- New Haven
- New Orleans
- New York
- Newark
- Norfolk
- Oklahoma City
- Omaha
- Philadelphia
- Phoenix
- Pittsburgh
- Portland
- Richmond
- Sacramento
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Juan
- Seattle
- Springfield
- St. Louis
- Tampa
- Washington Field
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