Youth Development

Best Friends of Neenah Menasha Inc

aka Best Friends

Neenah, WI


Helping young people thrive through the power of mentoring friendships and supportive family networks.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Jaime L Kriewaldt

Main Address

181 E. North Water Street Suite 225

Neenah, WI 54956 USA


Kids, Youth, Mentoring, At-Risk, Families, Children





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Family Services (P40)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Young people need a set of basic connections to help them through the challenges associated with growing up. They need guidance and the financial help of a stable family environment. They need access to education that provides them with a foundation of learning, which helps them gain the knowledge and confidence to succeed. Parents generally fill this need, but many children benefit from relationships with other adults to supplement or in some cases, substitute for relationships with their own parents. Best Friends of Neenah-Menasha exists because the majority of youth enrolled at Best Friends do not receive adequate guidance and support from a stable family environment. There is limited or no encouragement to complete their education and youth who are referred to us often lack the knowledge and confidence to succeed. Without supportive role models in the youth’s life, as they grow older, they become disconnected.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Community-Based Mentoring

After-School Mentoring

Lunch Mentoring

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Empowering Youth: Working one-to-one with a child or teen increases their developmental assets and lowers risky behavior that leads to juvenile crime and victimization. Strengthening Families: We help strengthen our families to prevent child abuse and neglect through parent resilience, new social connections, and concrete supports in time of need. Promoting Academic Excellence: A dedicated staff member works with each youth to remove barriers to learning and help them navigate the road to graduation and higher education.

Matches develop relationships which help to meet the *identified and individualized needs of the child as those determined by significant people in the child's life.

*(Goals are based on the Search Institutes Developmental Assets, but can include goals outside of the assets)

Our most commonly identified goals are**:
•Improved responsibility
•Improved self-esteem
•Increased motivation to do well in school
•Improved planning and decision-making skills
Increased honesty

**A full listing of all selected goals is available and can be attached if desired
"Common Goals" for the Developing Children and Youth Impact Area are also measured:

1. Child demonstrates a commitment to learning
2. Child builds character and develops positive relationships
3. Child increases healthy lifestyle

•Five professional full-time staff •Two professional part-time staff •Interns (3 on average) •Volunteer mentors •8 volunteer board members •Volunteers that perform miscellaneous services (clerical, special events, etc.) •A facility for meetings and to conduct business •Referral sources •Partnerships with Neenah-Menasha schools •Partnerships and Collaborations with community businesses/organizations •Equipment and supplies needed to conduct business transactions and correspondence.

For 2018, we have established the following goals: • 85% of Young Friends will show improvement in two out three goal areas • 94% of Young Friends will receive support from a positive adult/young adult role model • 81% of Young Friends will feel they are doing better in school • 75% of Young Friends will develop an education plan for after high school.

In 2017, of youth in Best Friends mentoring programs: • 81% felt they did better in school • 78% have developed an education/training plan for after high school • 81% felt more prepared to resist negative peer pressure • 94% have received support from a positive adult role model

External Reviews

Affiliations & Memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member



Best Friends of Neenah Menasha Inc

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?



Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?