To create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
United Way of Northern Ozaukee-Funded Program: Match Me Program
The Match Me Program model is a proven best practice for positive youth development. The Match Me Program recruits, matches and supports youth, ages 5-17 who are identified as being at a higher risk of academic and/or social failure, to caring volunteer mentors. Based on their specific needs, the Match Me Program serves children within a community-based or school-based service area. The community-based service area matches youth with volunteer mentors who spend a minimum of three hours, twice a month with the youth in the community. The school-based service area matches youth in grades K-8 that were referred by school personnel for academic and social needs. Mentors meet with youth one hour a week at the student’s school.
- Little Brothers/Sisters within the Big Brothers Big Sisters Match Me Program were actively engaged in their education. In 2019, 99% of youth served in an one-to-one match improved in understanding why it is important to perform well in school.
- Little Brothers/Sisters within the Big Brothers Big Sisters Match Me Program developed goals and plans for their future, with 95% of youth served in an one-to-one match improved on setting specific goals and plans for the future.
- Little Brothers/Sisters within the Big Brothers Big Sisters Match Me Program had strong resistance skills, with 99% of youth served in a one-to-one match improving on being able to resist pressure from others who tried to get them to do things they didn’t want to do.
To learn more about the impact Big Brothers Big Sisters is having on our youth, go to bbbsoz.org.