July 15, 2019

GREEN BAY, WI — Thanks to a grant from Tyson Foods, two members of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast (BBBSNEW) Wisconsin team attended the BBBS National Conference in June in Charlotte, N.C.

The event provided learning sessions, inspirational speakers and a daylong immersion into the topic of diversity, inclusion and equity.

“The national conference provided a great opportunity to learn more about how BBBSNEW can improve our efforts to provide mentoring more effectively and efficiently. Particularly, the seminar on diversity and inclusion will help us broaden our reach to better serve all of our community members. We’re excited to being implementing these strategies in the very near future,” said Katie Hess, executive director.

One of those initiatives is the NFL Inspire Change program, which has provided financial support for BBBSNEW to grow its Bigs in Blue mentoring program. The program connects youth with police to build strong, trusting and lasting relationships. These relationships can help children develop into confident adults and help build strong bonds between law enforcement and the families they serve.

The conference provided BBBSNEW leadership to connect with the NFL and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America about the program and best practices for execution.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin is the premier youth mentoring organization serving Brown, Door and Shawano counties, recognized nationally for quality in 2017. Our mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Founded in 1972, we are a 100 percent donor and volunteer supported nonprofit organization.