BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS OF METROPOLITAN MILWAUKEE INC

Defenders of Potential

aka Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee   |   Milwaukee, WI   |  http://www.bbbsmilwaukee.org

Mission

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Ruling year info

1976

President & CEO

Amy Chionchio

Main address

788 N. Jefferson St Suite 600

Milwaukee, WI 53202 USA

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EIN

39-1239687

NTEE code info

Big Brothers, Big Sisters (O31)

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Our programs

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Community-based mentoring

Through Community-based mentoring, Big Brothers Big Sisters matches children facing adversity in professionally supported one-to-one relationships with volunteer adult mentors. Mentors make a minimum two-year commitment to mentoring a child, engage with their mentee 3-4 times per month, and provide role modeling, friendship, and guidance to increase positive youth outcomes. Children and their mentors spend time engaged in activities they choose based on mutual interest. Through Community-based mentoring, a child experiences a wide range of new, fun, and educational activities; builds confidence; and gains a new perspective.

Community-based mentoring utilizes Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s unique evidence-based one-to-one service delivery model, which includes:
-Free service to youth, families, volunteer mentors.
-Careful volunteer screening to ensure child safety.
-Thoughtful matching of volunteers and children based on each child’s strengths and needs, shared interests, and personalities.
-Comprehensive mentor training.
-Ongoing case management to every child, parent/guardian, and mentor.
-Integration of educational success strategies into all services.
-Incorporation of prevention as a core principle to help youth make responsible decisions.
-Strategic partnerships to provide youth with educational and cultural activities.
-Scientific evaluation to measure outcomes and impact and drive continuous improvement.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

In School-based mentoring, students meet with volunteer mentors weekly during or after the school day at one of 11 partner elementary or middle school locations in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties for educationally-focused mentoring. Through the support of their mentors, youth develop positive attitudes toward school, achieve higher grades, become more confident, and improve relationships with adults and peers. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ professional staff oversees all interaction between children and mentors.

School-based mentoring utilizes Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s unique evidence-based one-to-one service delivery model, which includes:
-Free service to youth, families, volunteer mentors.
-Careful volunteer screening to ensure child safety.
-Thoughtful matching of volunteers and children based on each child’s strengths and needs, shared interests, and personalities.
-Comprehensive mentor training.
-Ongoing case management to every child, parent/guardian, and mentor.
-Integration of educational success strategies into all services.
-Incorporation of prevention as a core principle to help youth make responsible decisions.
-Strategic partnerships to provide youth with educational and cultural activities.
-Scientific evaluation to measure outcomes and impact and drive continuous improvement.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Mentor2.0 is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ technology-enriched one-to-one mentoring program serving high school youth that prepares low-income and first generation college students for long-term success, including high school graduation, post-secondary readiness, post-secondary enrollment, and post-secondary completion.

Mentor2.0 has a strong foundation embedded in the fundamentals of quality mentoring Big Brothers Big Sisters is known for, including:
-Strong, long-term one-to-one relationships
-Careful screening and matching of youth and mentors
-Comprehensive volunteer training
-Ongoing case management
-Scientific evaluation and measurable youth outcomes

Mentor2.0 builds on this proven model and combines in-person mentoring with safe, secure online communication and a comprehensive weekly college-focused curriculum. Working with partner high schools, mentor2.0 matches students with college educated, career-focused mentors and provides on-going professional support for each mentoring relationship. Relationships continue through students’ first year of post-secondary education. Each year, mentor2.0 enrolls and matches a new cohort of students.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

REACH is a curriculum-based program enhancement that provides children and mentors with more than 80 structured staff-planned and staff-supported activities annually. In partnership with a network of more than 50 organizations who offer their professional expertise, resources, and programming, REACH takes a whole-child approach to youth development by providing a full spectrum of unique activities and experiences in five areas critical to youth development: Recreation, Education and Careers, Arts and Culture, Civic Engagement, Health and Fitness.

Utilizing existing resources reduces duplication of services and allows Big Brothers Big Sisters to develop and provide quality programming at low or no cost to our mentoring matches. Key REACH partners include Discovery World, First Stage, Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee Public Libraries, Milwaukee Public Schools, Urban Ecology Center, and Wisconsin Humane Society.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Number of youth mentored

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Every child in Metro Milwaukee has potential, but many youth in our community need support to help them realize successful futures. Often, it takes just one additional caring adult to make a profound impact in the life of a child by guiding and supporting him or her on the path to productive adulthood and long-term prosperity.

Big Brothers Big Sisters creates and supports strong, long-lasting one-to-one relationships between children facing adversity and volunteer adult mentors that consistently lead to positive youth outcomes. Our programming and our dedicated mentors empower youth to reach their full potential by succeeding in school, making healthy and responsible choices, growing socially and emotionally, developing positive relationships, building confidence, cultivating interests, and growing aspirations.

Each year, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves more than 1,400 youth in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, live in single parent households, and/or have an incarcerated parent. We hold ourselves accountable for each child in our mentoring program achieving three priority outcomes:
1) Educational success
2) Avoidance of risky behavior
3) Social and emotional development

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides youth facing adversity with professionally supported one-to-one relationships with volunteer adult mentors who guide them as they navigate life’s challenges, support them as they discover who they are and what they are capable of achieving, and inspire them to embrace long-term success.

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentoring program offers three unique one-to-one mentoring options. In each, volunteers make a minimum two-year commitment to mentoring youth; engage with their mentee 3-4 times per month; and provide role modeling, friendship, and guidance to increase positive youth outcomes. These options are:

1) Community-based mentoring: Youth and volunteer mentors meet throughout the community and spend time together engaged in activities they choose based on mutual interest.

2) School-based mentoring: Students meet with volunteer mentors during or after the school day at one of 11 partner elementary or middle schools for educationally-focused mentoring.

3) mentor2.0: High school youth who are low-income and first generation college students are matched with college educated mentors to promote high school graduation, post-secondary readiness, and post-secondary success. Mentor2.0 combines in-person mentoring with safe, secure online communication and a college-focused weekly curriculum.

Each of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ three mentoring options utilize Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s unique evidence-based one-to-one service delivery model, which includes:

-Free service to youth, families, volunteer mentors, and schools.
-Careful volunteer screening to ensure child safety.
-Thoughtful matching of volunteers and children based on each child’s strengths and needs, shared interests, and personalities.
-Comprehensive mentor training.
-Ongoing one-to-one case management to every child, family, and mentor.
-Integration of educational success strategies into all services.
-Incorporation of prevention as a core principle to help youth make responsible decisions.
-Parental engagement to involve them in their children’s mentoring relationships.
-Strategic partnerships to provide youth with educational and cultural activities and experiences.
-Scientific evaluation to measure outcomes and impact and drive continuous improvement.

Big Brothers Big Sisters has 44 years experience of proven, measurable success in providing one-to-one mentoring services to children facing adversity. Our dedicated Board of Directors, strong organizational leadership, and well-qualified and experienced staff work together to provide high quality mentoring services to at-risk youth.

A strong focus on child safety, research, thorough evaluation, measurable proven results, and continuous improvement drive everything Big Brothers Big Sisters does and ensures youth have the individualized support and guidance they need for healthy development and long-term success. We are also financially stable and have achieved a balanced budget for the past 11 years.

NATIONAL AFFILIATION
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee is an independent affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the nation’s oldest and largest youth mentoring organization. For more than 115 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has implemented, developed, and perfected its unique, evidence-based professionally-supported one-to-one mentoring model across the country.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America provides us with access to national standards, policies, and procedures focused on child safety; research and program development; evaluation systems and technology; and nationwide best practices shared by more than 250 affiliates across the country.

POSITIVE MEASURABLE RESULTS
Youth in Big Brother Big Sisters’ mentoring program achieved the following measurable results in 2018:

-77% maintained or improved educational expectations. For the class of 2018, 95% of Big Brothers Big Sisters seniors graduated from high school on time, and 76% of graduates enrolled in post-secondary education.

-70% maintained or improved attitudes toward risky behavior. In 2018, 99% of youth in Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentoring program avoided juvenile justice system involvement and 99% of girls avoided teen pregnancy.

-72% maintained or improved social and emotional skills, leading to higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships with friends, parents, and other adults in their lives.

NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED MENTORING
In 2019, for the fourth consecutive year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America presented the prestigious Pinnacle Award to Big Brother Sisters of Metro Milwaukee. This award is the highest honor a Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate can attain and is achieved through delivering exceptional program metrics and outcomes, including high retention rates, quality case management, and fiscal stability. We were the only agency in the nation (of more than 250) to receive the Pinnacle Award four years in a row. This places our organization in the top 1% of all Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies nationwide.

Big Brothers Big Sisters remains committed to maintaining a high level of success and providing “best-in-class” mentoring services to youth, families, and volunteers in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Financials

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BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS OF METROPOLITAN MILWAUKEE INC

Board of directors
as of 06/08/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kevin Klimara

Ernst & Young LLP

Michael Francis

Francis Investment Counsel LLC

Patrick Mehigan

Deloitte Tax LLP

Tom Metcalfe

We Energies

Robert Reilly

GE Healthcare

Guy Smith

Lilly Creek Capital Partners, LLC

Dominick Zarcone

Robert W. Baird & Co.

David Anderson

BMO Harris Bank

Kevin Klimara

Ernst & Young LLP

Mayor Tom Barrett

City of Milwaukee

Anthony Bartell

BMO Harris Commercial Banking

MIke Baughn

Kohl's Department Store

Jeffrey Davis

Quarles and Brady LLP

Kimberly Dodd

Foley & Lardner LLP

Smriti Khare

Children's Medical Group

Laura Lange Lehmann

Cramer Krasselt

Alexander Lasry

Milwaukee Bucks

Jeffrey LaValle

Rexnord Corporation

Mike McCoy

Wells Fargo

Kate McDonald

US Bank

Matthew Meuleners

FOCUS Training, Inc.

Pratik Patel

Artisan Partners Asset Management

Daniel Renouard

Baird

Courtney Reynolds

Northwestern Mutual

Anthony Scaffidi

Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Sherry Tolkan

Veritas High School/Seeds of Health

Jeffrey Zeiler

Briggs & Stratton Corporation

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/8/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

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Disability

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