Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin (BBBSNEW) is raising awareness about the need for mentors as its programs expand and are on track to serve even more area youth than its record high last year.
“When children and teens have the influence of a caring adult, they are more likely stay focused on school and stay out of trouble,” says Katie Hess, executive director. “Being matched with a Big Sister or a Big Brother can help them navigate the challenges of our society today and help them realize their potential.”
The agency needs the community’s help to meet the need. With nearly 80 children ages 7 to 13 on the waiting list to be matched, there are several new initiatives that are increasing the need beyond that.
Six-Twelve Mentoring, a partnership with Achieve Brown County and youth agencies, is looking to grow to 100 mentors in the second year of the pilot program. Six-Twelve matches children in sixth- through 12-grade with a mentor to help the child…
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