About Our Organization

What does Big Brothers Big Sisters Do?

Since 1975, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee has been the premier provider of youth mentoring services in Waukesha and Milwaukee counties.  Our one-to-one mentoring program addresses the needs of children facing adversity by creating, fostering, and supporting strong one-to-one relationships between youth and caring volunteer adult mentors.


How does bowling help Big Brothers Big Sisters?

When you participate in Bowl for Kids' Sake, you have the power to change lives for the better, forever. We depend on the money raised from Bowl for Kids' Sake to carry out the work of carefully matching children with caring adult mentors and providing ongoing support to the child, volunteer mentor and child's family. Today you can Register or Donate to our efforts to build futures for local children facing adversity.


How a Big becomes a Big—and a Little, a Little.

Before we make a match, we do our homework. After someone expresses an interest in becoming a Big, they go through a background check and careful interview process. Then we match Bigs and Littles based on location, personalities and preferences. And we provide full support from the start, so matches can grow into lasting, impactful friendships. The entire matching process is made possible through donations—we can't do what we do best without them!


Why donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee?

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Unique Evidence-Based Mentoring Model Provides:
    -Free service to youth, families, and volunteer mentors
    -Careful screening of volunteers to ensure child safety and development
    -Thoughtful matching of children and volunteers based on each child’s individual needs, shared interests, and personalities
    -Comprehensive mentor training to support healthy mentoring relationships
    -Strong and ongoing case management to every child, family, and mentor, which is a distinct feature of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentoring model
    -Integration of educational success strategies into all mentoring services
    -Incorporation of prevention as a core principle to help youth make responsible decisions and avoid behaviors that lead to negative outcomes
    -Parental engagement through case management and participation in activities to involve them in their children’s mentoring relationships
    -Strategic partnerships to provide educational and cultural opportunities and activities and reduce duplication of services in the community
    -Year-round service, including summer programming to keep youth, mentors, and families engaged between academic years
    -Measurable youth outcomes and thorough, scientific evaluation to measure outcomes and impact
    There are no other mentoring programs in Metro Milwaukee with this type of evidence-based service delivery model or with a scientific evaluation system in place to measure outcomes for every child served!