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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Children & Youth

Mission: The mission of the organization is to provide children facing adversity with safe, strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. In 2014, big brothers big sisters' mentoring program served 1,303 youth facing adversity and matched them in one-in-one, professionally supported relationships with adult volunteer mentors. Each mentoring relationship received monthly one-to-one case management to track progress towards educational benchmarks, coach mentors and children through difficult situations, connect mentoring matches to educational and community resources, and increase positive youth outcomes. Big brothers big sisters offers three one-to-one mentoring options. In each, volunteer mentors provide role modeling, friendship, support and guidance that lead to: 1) educational success, including grade promotion, high school graduation, and college readiness; 2) avoidance of risky behaviors, including tobacco, drug, and

Programs: Community-based mentoring:this model matches one child with one volunteer adult mentor who serves as a role model and friend. Children and mentors meet weekly for activities and outings that build confidence, encourage healthy choices, promote educational success, and lead to positive youth outcomes. We served 678 youth through community-based mentoring.

school-based mentoring: volunteer mentors meet with students weekly during or after the school day at one of 12 partner elementary or middle school locations for educationally-focused mentoring, including assistance with homework and enrichment activities that incorporate classroom concepts. Our school-based mentoring services help students gain skills and knowledge that complement their classroom instruction. We served 575 youth through school-based mentoring.

mentor2. 0:this mentoring option specifically serves high school students and combines in-person mentoring with safe, secure online communication and a comprehensive weekly curriculum focused on college readiness. Mentor2. 0 ensures that more low-income and first generation students graduate high school, increase college readiness and enroll in college. Mentors will work with students through high school and into their first year of college. We served 50 high school youth through mentor2. 0.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so disappointed by the previous post. BBBS Milwaukee is a fantastic organization and is making a tremendous difference for thousands of children in our community. The vast majority of "littles" come from single-parent, low income families. They truly benefit from having another, perhaps more stable, individual in their lives.
I have been a "Big" for ten years and have seen my "little" grow and thrive. She is now in college! BBBS did a great job matching us in the first place and they have provided guidance and support throughout the years. A tremendously worthwhile organization, I support BBBS with both my time and wallet.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I have been a "Big" for over a year with this organization, and it has been a totally underwhelming experience. I see my "Little" a minimum of 3 times a month. I made a commitment to complete 2 years with my "Little" so I will continue until the end of the second year. To be candid, my "Little" is not remotely needy: on the honor roll, active in sports/ music/theatre, and has a very close and loving family with a parent who is an educated professional. Unfortunately, despite multiple communications with the agency, they affirm that the child is appropriate for the program. It is my impression that they are keeping this child in the program to bolster their "success" rates. I believe my time is wasted being a playmate when I could be truly helping a child in need. Even as a highly active volunteer, I am constantly getting requests to donate money to the organization (which I think is in poor taste). I would not recommend this organization for volunteering or charitable giving.