The Door County Community Foundation awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin a Sustainability Grant from the Children & Youth Fund. This grant provides financial assistance to support the development of new One-to-One Youth Mentoring programs at Gibraltar and Washington Island as well as enhance the existing program in Sturgeon Bay.
Big Brothers Big Sisters programs match volunteer mentors with Door County youth. The program is designed to support healthy behaviors and decision-making which leads to positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes. These positive outcomes lead to improved high school graduation rates, the avoidance of juvenile delinquency, readiness for post- secondary educational opportunities, and improved employment opportunities.
“This youth mentoring program is based on a successful model with proven results. The evidence is well documented that these one-to-one relationships cultivate experiences for Door County youth that changes their lives for the better,” said Dick Hauser, Treasurer and board member of the Door County Community Foundation.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin is a donor and volunteer supported nonprofit organization that professionally matches youth with mentors. Since 1972, communities in Northeastern Wisconsin have been enriched by Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission to make a positive difference in the lives of youth through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships. The program is based on the documented premise that youth need the influence of mature, responsible and supportive mentors during their formative years in order to reach their full potential as adults.
For more information regarding the programs and services provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin, please call 920-498-2227 or visit their website.
The Community Foundation also awarded the Southern Door School District a Sustainability Grant from the Education Fund. This grant provides financial support for the SHIELD program, a district-wide educational program that stands for Students Helping, Involving, Educating, Leading & Deterring.
The SHIELD program is a component of a county-wide initiative called Project 180, which is an organization designed to promote healthy lifestyle choices and develop student leaders with the goal of helping fellow students “Jump Above the Influence.” This AODA (Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse) program encourages students to be strong, bold, and confident in their selves, their school and their community.
“This initiative is unique in its ability to serve Door County students because it is a peer-led program. These student leaders have first-hand knowledge of challenging issues experienced in the schools and, with the help of the SHIELD program, are developing the skills to help themselves and others navigate these situations in a healthy way,” said Polly Alberts, Vice Chair of the Door County Community Foundation.
This SHIELD program has existed in some form for over 15 years with 2 main objectives: 1. To EDUCATE and DETER students from using alcohol or drugs and 2. To INVOLVE students in fun activities and events that are alcohol and drug free. Currently, SHIELD participants gather 4 times a year to share information and plan activities. The two AODA Co-Advisors for SHIELD are Melissa Schley and Brandon Wautier who are both graduates of Southern Door High School and are now on the high school teaching staff.
For more information regarding the SHIELD program, please call Southern Door High School, 920-495-7880, or visit them online.
These are just a few of the grants awarded by the Family of Funds at the Door County Community Foundation. The Community Foundation has several granting programs that offer financial awards to charity from funds such as the Arts Fund, Children & Youth Fund, Green Fund, Health & Human Needs Fund, Education Fund, Historic Preservation Fund, Healthy Water Fund, and the Women’s Fund.