The High School Leadership Program gives high school students from East and West High Schools an opportunity to serve as mentors and positive role models for Emerson and Randall Elementary School students during the school year. This program aims to foster meaningful connections between students and give high schoolers a space to share their experiences and knowledge.

East and West High School Students-
Become a High School Leadership mentor to inspire and empower the next generation!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County currently has the High School Leadership Program at the following local schools:

East High School / Emerson Elementary School
West High School / Randall Elementary School


Program Description

After enrolling in our High School Leadership Program, Bigs and Littles are thoughtfully matched based on interests and preferences (gender, race, age, etc.) Once the Match is approved by Big, Little, and parent/caregiver, they can start meeting!

  • Takes place one time per week for one hour during lunch or after school 
  • Minimum of 1 year commitment
  • BBBS facilitator provides activities and conversation starters to help Matches get to know each other during their sessions
  • Time can be spent reading, playing board games, doing crafts, or catching up on homework


Program Basics

  • One-to-one mentoring program for students/scholars of various ages, depending on the site -
    • East High School students meet at Emerson Elementary School on Wednesdays during lunch.
    • West High School students meet at Randall Elementary School on Mondays during lunch. 
    • East and West High School students will receive class credit for completing the program.
      • East and West High School student will receive credit.
  • High School students are also mentored by professional BBBS staff, who will guide them in individual conversations about their future aspirations.
  • BBBS conducts regular check-in conversations and observations with Bigs and Littles to ensure the relationship is healthy, safe, and thriving. Caregivers are informed about the potential Big for their child and upon approval, are contacted with regular updates on how the Match is progressing.


Requirements for Bigs

  • Currently enrolled student at East High School or West High School
  • Must live in Dane County
  • Complete online application, interview, and references
  • Pass a background check (with parent permission)
  • Big must connect with Match Support Specialist as required


Requirements for Littles

  • Student at Emerson Elementary School or Randall Elementary School
  • Must live in Dane County
  • Parent or caregiver must complete the online application for child
  • Committed to meeting with mentor one time per week
  • Caregiver and child must connect with Match Support Specialist as required

Interested in learning more about getting involved as a mentor or a partner?
Reach out to Miriam Whiteagle, Site-Based Program Coordinator,

at mwhiteagle@bbbsmadison.org or 608-661-5437 ext. 1122.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Whether you get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County as a donor, potential Big, partner, or advocate,
you have the power to change a child's future for the better.