Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County is a nonprofit organization that seeks to change the lives of children facing adversity for the better, forever. Our mentors work with children in the community, in their schools, and in many places in between. Our unique brand of one-to-one mentoring has a big impact on Madison and Dane County.
WHAT WE DO
WHO WE SERVE
WHAT WE ACHIEVE
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County helps all youth achieve their full potential by creating and supporting one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Each child (Little) is thoughtfully matched with a caring adult mentor (Big), and then our professional staff provides meaningful support for the life of the Match. Our Matches stay together for an average of 4 years, which means deep relationships and ultimately, greater impact on the lives of each Little in our program.
We serve around 500 children each year across the greater Madison area and throughout Dane County. Our Littles represent many vibrant and diverse communities that we are proud to support. Our program is open to all youth ages 6-18 who want a mentor, and there is no cost to participate. In addition to our Littles, our network of Bigs and supporters come from all walks of life, all backgrounds, and all corners of our community.
Using our research-based service delivery model, our program helps children achieve success in school, avoid risky behaviors, improve their self-confidence, and aspire for the future. We hold ourselves accountable to our supporters by regularly measuring our impact.
MentorU is an innovative approach that provides one-to-one mentoring to high school youth, blending technology with a structured focus on college readiness, workforce development, career exploration, and social-emotional learning.
Community-Based Mentoring Program
Our Community-Based Mentoring Program takes place in-person, with Bigs and Littles meeting together 2-4 times a month. Whether a Match is grabbing ice cream, taking a walk, hitting up the library, or attending a Badger game, the goal is to produce quality time that builds a strong and trusting relationship.