As a parent, you recognize the potential of your child better than anyone. By giving your child the opportunity to be part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County, you’re starting them down a path to an even brighter, more promising future.

Could your little one use a Big?

It all starts with the right role models. And Big Brothers Big Sisters is the place to start a relationship with one. Since 1966, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County has recruited, screened, matched, and supported mentoring relationships that have changed the lives of thousands of young people in our community.


  • Children ages 6-13
  • Must live in Dane County
  • Have a parent or caregiver sign the child up
  • Committed to meeting with mentor 2-4 times per month
  • Willingness to meet with Match Support Specialist as required

The Role of Parents and Caregivers

You know what’s best for your child, so we’ll need your help from the start, providing information about your child’s strengths and needs, and ultimately approving the Big Brother or Big Sister match. But your role doesn’t end there.

Safety from the start.

Your child's safety is extremely important to us. Big Brothers Big Sisters conducts a thorough background check on every volunteer in our program, and every relationship is closely monitored and supported by a professionally trained Match Support Specialist. 

You’ll feel the impact as much as your child.

A study for Big Brothers Big Sisters found that kids matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister:

✓ are more confident

✓ are more likely to steer clear of drugs and alcohol

✓ do better in school

✓ get along better with their family and friends

✓ feel better about themselves

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have, we're always happy to help.