About Our Organization

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin is a donor and volunteer supported non-profit organization that has been professionally matching area youth with volunteers since 1972.

OUR MISSION is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

OUR VISION is that all children achieve success in life.

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The Green Bay YMCA started an unofficial, part-time Big Brothers program in 1972 with no national affiliation. The Green Bay-De Pere YWCA started a similar Big Sister program in 1974. The YMCA assisted in the creation of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brown County in 1977 and affiliated with the national Big Brothers Big Sisters movement. With the assistance of the United Way, this new agency absorbed the former YWCA program in 1983. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brown County changed its name to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin in 1983. Client service to Oconto County began in 1985; client service to Door County began in 2001; client service to Shawano County began in September of 2014.

Numbers Making a “BIG” Impact


More likely to hold a leadership role in an organization


More likely to earn a 4-year degree


More likely to remain in school


More likely to volunteer

Why Mentoring is Important

Each time Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs a child with a role model, we start something incredible: a one-to-one relationship built on trust and friendship that can blossom into a future of unlimited potential. And thanks to the first-ever nationwide impact study of a mentoring organization, we have the facts to prove it. According to the study, Big Brothers Big Sisters programs were found to “focus less on specific problems after they occur, and more on meeting youths’ most basic developmental needs.” The matches that were observed shared everyday activities: eating out, playing sports or attending sports events, going to movies, sightseeing, and just hanging out together. But what mattered to the children were not the activities. It was the fact that they had a caring adult in their lives. Because they had someone to confide in and to look up to, they were, in turn, doing better in school and at home. And at a time in their lives when even small choices can change the course of their future, the Littles were also avoiding violence and substance abuse.

Community-Based Programs

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School-Based Programs

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Meet the Staff

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