Our Impact

Research shows that children matched through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin's programs are more likely to remain in school, earn a college degree, improve social confidence and avoid risky behavior.




Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin is an affiliate of a national organization working to clear the path to a child’s biggest possible future. Joining parents with our staff, we match each child with a mentor to foster a friendship built on trust, learning, and growth.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters is focused on evidence-based, long-term mentoring, and we effectively measure and report our outcomes.

Our programs are preventative, providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported 1-to-1 mentoring relationships. The children we serve are members of families with recognized risk factors such as single parent/guardian, poverty/homelessness and incarceration. Providing children a positive role model addresses the need in our communities to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness, resulting in self-sufficiency.

Children who have a mentor are more likely to become responsible, productive citizens who realize their full potential, help our communities become more safe and become better employees in our workforce.


34 months avg match length (community-based)
19 months avg match length (site-based)


When compared with their peers, youth matched in our program experience:

84% improvement in socio-emotional competence
82% improvement in avoidance of risky behaviors
83% educational success


And over time, children in our program are:

52% more likely to remain in school
75% more likely to earn a four-year degree
48% more likely to volunteer
81% more likely to hold a leadership role in an organization


596 Youth Engaged

158 New Matches


37.9% ages 5 – 10
34.4% ages 11 – 13
27.7% ages 14 – 19


55% household incomes > $25,000
51% single-parent household
23% have incarcerated parent
83% receive free or reduced lunch