For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored Matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 13, in communities across the country. Once in a Match, our goal is to coach the volunteer, child, and parent to maintain their mentoring relationship through age 18 or high school graduation. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County's Mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County's Vision is that all youth achieve their full potential.
Here's the proof. National research has shown that positive relationships between Littles and their Bigs have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. By participating in our programs, Little Brothers and Sisters are:
- more confident in their schoolwork performance
- able to get along better with their families
- 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
- 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
- 52% less likely to skip school