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Statement in Support of our Black Youth and Community

June 1, 2020When your mission is to ignite the power and promise of all youth, it is impossible to stand by and watch the appalling acts of racism that threaten that promise, especially to the 88% of our youth who are black and brown, and whom we proudly serve by providing caring, adult mentors that commit to their well-being. Youth…
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2020 BIGS OF THE YEAR

Big Brother Ercan Dzelil and Little Brother Cle As cities across the country seek ways to build stronger and healthier bonds between law enforcement and their communities, Madison Police Officer and Big Brother Ercan Dzelil took action. It mattered to him to give back to the same community he vowed to serve and protect. For Little Brother Cle, hearing he…
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Meet Jowel and Jowuan

JOWEL AND JOWUAN HAVE BEEN WAITING 1,005 DAYS FOR MENTORS. Meet Jowel and Jowuan. They are two brothers, ages 9 and 12 who live with their grandparents. Jowel is talkative and outgoing while Jowuan is more quiet and reserved. Both brothers enjoy karate and love playing outside. They are both incredibly smart and do well in school, despite the hardships…
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2019 BIGS OF THE YEAR

BIG SISTER PORSHA DAVIS Big Sister Porsha and Little Sister Renajah at Big Brothers Big Sisters Dream BIG Gala, July 2018. Mentoring can have a ripple effect--this is especially true with our 2019 Big of the Year. Porsha Davis was a "Little" in the early 2000's and returned the favor as soon as she was eligible to become a mentor…
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Celebrating National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month, and we're celebrating those who are already volunteering as mentors, “Bigs”, and also recruiting volunteers. Every January, the news is full of the same stories: people are trying to eat more healthfully, hit the gym more often. This year, we're changing that story and asking: What if this year, you could resolve to something more…
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JaRon’s Story

MEET MARY BETH AND JARON Mary Beth always had a passion for helping and working with youth, which is why she decided to become a Big Sister several years ago. Little did she know that her experience as a Big Sister would turn out to make a lasting impact not only on her Little Brother, but on herself and her…
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Congratulations to Our Bigs of the Year

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County has 600+ mentors in out program that invest in their Little by giving them time. We honor all 600+ mentors and the invisible work they do in our community each and every day. Thank you for giving BIG by being a Big! Big Brother of the Year - Gunnar Reichenberger Gunnar and his…
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Porsha’s Story

MEET PORSHA & RENAJAH Porsha's mom was a single mother, who worked hard and was focused on providing each day, but was still struggling to make ends meet. However, when Porsha was 11 years old, her mother recognized that Porsha needed another adult in her life. In 2003, Porsha was matched with Big Sister Sara. Sara provided Porsha with new…
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Aden’s Story

Meet Kevin & Aden When Big Brother Kevin was young, his grandfather and uncles were strong male role models. He watched and learned from them. Their influence inspired Kevin to become a mentor - first in his home state of Michigan and again in Wisconsin. Kevin decided to become a Big Brother through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County,…
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2017 Annual Report

Last year, we launched a new plan to increase our capacity to match more Littles…
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