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.


38 months avg match length (community-based)
15 months avg match length (site-based)


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

84% maintained a consistently low level of depressive symptoms or reported a decrease in the number of symptoms over time
86%  avoided skipping school or missing classes on purpose
83%  indicated they plan to finish high school and have career/secondary education plans
89% improved emotional regulation including relaxing when they feel tense, controlling anger, and making themselves feel better when worried


526 Children Served

188 New Matches


44% ages 5 – 10
30% ages 11 – 13
26% ages 14 – 19


53% household incomes > $25,000
53% single-parent household
21% have incarcerated parent
53% receive free or reduced lunch