One-to-One Mentoring Programs
Forever Friendships, Proven Results
Since 1975, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee has been the premier provider of youth mentoring services in Waukesha and Milwaukee counties. Our one-to-one mentoring program addresses the needs of children facing adversity by creating, fostering, and supporting strong one-to-one relationships between youth and caring volunteer adult mentors.
Children and volunteer mentors meet weekly for activities and outings throughout Metro Milwaukee.
High school youth are matched with college educated mentors to promote high school graduation, college readiness, and college success.
Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Unique Evidence-Based Mentoring Model Provides:
- Free service to youth, families, and volunteer mentors
- Careful screening of volunteers to ensure child safety and development
- Thoughtful matching of children and volunteers based on each child’s individual needs, shared interests, and personalities
- Comprehensive mentor training to support healthy mentoring relationships
- Strong and ongoing case management to every child, family, and mentor, which is a distinct feature of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentoring model
- Integration of educational success strategies into all mentoring services
- Incorporation of prevention as a core principle to help youth make responsible decisions and avoid behaviors that lead to negative outcomes
- Parental engagement through case management and participation in activities to involve them in their children’s mentoring relationships
- Strategic partnerships to provide educational and cultural opportunities and activities and reduce duplication of services in the community
- Year-round service, including summer programming to keep youth, mentors, and families engaged between academic years
- Measurable youth outcomes and thorough, scientific evaluation to measure outcomes and impact
There are no other mentoring programs in Metro Milwaukee with this type of evidence-based service delivery model or with a scientific evaluation system in place to measure outcomes for every child served.
In 2017, Big Brothers Big Sisters will serve 1,400 youth ages 6-18 in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties:
- Free or reduced-price lunch: 82%
- Single parent household: 69%
- Incarcerated parent: 15%
- African American: 58%
- Hispanic/Latino: 23%
- Caucasian: 14%
- Multi: 3%
- Asian: 2%
- 6-9: 23%
- 10-12: 36%
- 13-15: 26%
- 16-18: 15%
- Under 11 at time of match: 67%
- Average age at time of match: 10