Who We Are


Mission:  To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Guiding Principles:

Commitment to quality and safety

Committed to one-one, safe and professionally supported mentoring with proven, measurable outcomes.

Dedicated to serving at-risk youth

Focus on youths receiving free/reduced lunch, from a single-parent home or have an incarcerated parent.

Accountability to stakeholders

Committed to mutually beneficial relationships with sustainable, quality growth.

Focus on diversity

Address our communities’ racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in all aspects of how we operate.

Culture of performance

Progressive organization that measures our impact and will recruit, build and retain the most effective team and Board.



In 1976, Jim Hoops saw a need for a mentoring program, so in August of that year, an informational meeting was held and included local community members who saw the same need.  Funding from private organizations, businesses, and the United Way of Marathon County enabled Big Brothers Big Sisters to officially register with the State of Wisconsin in 1976.  Big Brothers has since grown to provide mentoring to over 300 children each year!  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northcentral Wisconsin is a registered affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America who provides stringent quality standards and over 100 years expertise in the youth mentoring field.

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