Become a Community-based Big

Being a volunteer "Big" is a rewarding, meaningful, and fun experience! Mentoring relationships have a huge impact; helping to increase a child’s educational expectations, attitudes towards risky behavior, and social skills.

Community-based Mentoring

This is our traditional one-to-one mentoring option where children and volunteer mentors meet 2-4 times per month throughout the Milwaukee and Waukesha communities. Matches spend time together engaged in activities they choose based on mutual interest. Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them. Match outings are flexible and easy to plan. Activities can include playing sports, going over schoolwork, visiting a museum, volunteering together, or just hanging out.

Matches can participate in many events planned by Big Brothers Big Sisters throughout the year too! Check out our upcoming REACH events here.

Bigs and Littles are matched based on similar interests, personalities, experiences, and distance from each other.

  • A Big Brother is matched with a Little Brother 6-16 years old.
  • A Big Sister can be matched with either a Little Sister 6-16 years old, or a Little Brother 6-10.
  • Big Couples are matched with a Little Brother 6-10 years old.

Bigs in this program must be 21+, have access to transportation and auto insurance, as well as commit to a minimum of a one year relationship. This ensures the children we serve have quality experiences and successful outcomes.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee serves a targeted population of youth ages 6-18 facing adversity throughout Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. Youth come from a variety of backgrounds and circumstances, and are generally enrolled in our program by their parent/guardian. Through Community-based mentoring, a child experiences a wide range of new, fun, and educational activities while gaining a new perspective of the world.

As a mentor you will:

  • Have fun with a purpose!
  • Help defend a child's potential by avoiding risky behaviors.
  • Help improve a child's social and emotional development.
  • Receive ongoing professional support from a dedicated BBBS staff member.

Are you ready to take the next steps in changing a child’s life? Click the 'APPLY HERE' button below! With questions, please contact our Customer Relations Specialist at (414) 831-4563 or via email to outline the next steps including our formal application process.