FBI Indianapolis
Public Affairs Specialist Chris Bavender
(317) 430-4140
February 15, 2019

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana Receives 2018 Director’s Community Leadership Award

National Ceremony Planned for May in Washington, D.C.

FORT WAYNE—Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana (BBBSNEI) was presented the 2018 Director’s Community Leadership Award at a ceremony in Fort Wayne February 14. Josette Rider, BBBSNEI Chief Executive Officer, accepted the award from FBI Indianapolis Assistant Special Agent in Charge Gregory Massa and Supervisory Special Agent Jim Keszei on behalf of the organization.

Since 1990, the FBI has recognized the achievements of individuals and organizations that make extraordinary contributions in their communities. Each year, the special agent in charge of each FBI field office selects one individual or organization to receive the Director’s Community Leadership Award in order to publicly acknowledge their major contributions in crime prevention and education within the community.

“The award is incredibly meaningful for two reasons—the nomination originated from a community member and volunteer and because it represents more than the work I have accomplished, rather, the work the entire Big Brothers Big Sisters movement has accomplished over the years,” Rider said. “Volunteers, staff, donors and partners—all who work together to make a brighter future for the children we serve. It is a great privilege and honor to receive this award on behalf of all involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana.

BBBSNEI is being honored for its direct positive impact on disadvantaged youth in some of Northeast Indiana’s most economically challenged and high crime communities. National statistics show that after 18 months of Littles spending time with their Bigs, the Little Brothers and Little Sisters are 46 percent less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27 percent less likely to begin using alcohol, and 52 percent less likely to skip school. As a result, BBBSNEI is contributing to healthier families, brighter futures, and stronger communities.

Rider will be honored during a national ceremony with FBI Director Christopher Wray at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Friday, May 3, 2019. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana will be among 55 recipients recognized by Director Wray.

Past Director’s Community Leadership Award recipients include:

  • Ascent 121
  • Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition
  • Raio Krishnayya, Center for Victim and Human Rights
  • Lisette Guillen, Latin Media
  • K.P. Singh – The International Center of Indianapolis