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About Us

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States.  We have been the leader in one-to-one youth mentoring for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. Big Brothers Big Sisters serves children, ages 6 through 14, in communities across the country – including yours.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northcentral Wisconsin’s programs are the Gold Standard in youth mentoring. In 2011, our agency served more than 500 children through one-to-one mentoring relationships in our community-based and school-based programs.

Our service area includes Marathon and Lincoln Counties.  Our school based program serves the DC Everest, Wausau, Mosinee, Spencer, and Merrill school districts.

Mission: 

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northcentral Wisconsin is to empower our next generation through life-changing, high impact one-to-one mentoring.

Vision: 

All children achieve success in life. 

 

Guiding Principles:

 

  • Commitment to quality and safety
    We are committed to one-to-one, safe and professionally supported mentoring with proven, measurable outcomes.
  • Dedicated to serving at-risk youth
    In a world of scarce resources, we will focus on youth receiving free/reduced lunch, in a single parent environment and/or who have a parent in the criminal justice system.
  • Accountability to our stakeholders
    We are committed to mutually beneficial relationships with our stakeholders and to building and funding our capacity for sustainable, quality growth.
  • Focus on diversity
    We will address our communities’ racial, ethnic and gender diversity in all aspects of how we operate.
  • Culture of performance
    We are a progressive organization that measures our impact and will recruit, build and retain the most effective team and Board.
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    Our Mentoring Works

    National research has shown that positive relationships between youth and their Big Brothers and Big Sisters have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives.

    Little Brothers and Sisters in our service area are: (according to 2011 Performance Outcome Evaluation feedback)

    • 80% improved their overall self-confidence
    • 55% improved relationships with their family
    • 79% improved relationships with their peers
    • 73% improved their schoolwork performance

    National Data Shows:

    • 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
    • 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
    • 52% less likely to skip school.

    1 Tierney, J.P., Grossman, J.B., and Resch, N.L. (1995)

    Making a Difference: An Impact Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Philadelphia: Public/Private Ventures