One-to-One Mentoring Programs



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.


Community-based mentoring

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.


School based mentoring

Students meet with volunteer mentors weekly during or after the school day at one of 12 partner elementary or middle school locations for educationally-focused mentoring.

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

OUR CHILDREN In 2020, Big Brothers Big Sisters will serve more than 1,400 youth ages 6-19 in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties:

  • Free or reduced-price lunch: 85%
  • Single parent household: 59%
  • Incarcerated parent: 11%
  • Ethnicity
    • African American: 41%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 26%
    • Caucasian: 14%
    • Multi: 18%
    • Asian: 2%
  • Age
    • 6-9: 15%
    • 10-12: 38%
    • 13-15: 26%
    • 16-19: 21%

In 2019, youth in our mentoring programs continued to achieve positive outcomes:

of our high school seniors graduated on time
of girls in our mentoring program avoided teen pregnancy
of children served avoided juvenile justice system involvement