Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County

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 help children reach their full potential through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County's Vision strives to ensure all children seeking a mentor receive a mentor and reach their full potential.Our Programs Start Something.

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