Impact

The work with our youth since 2004

1
Kids

The total at-risk kids engaged in our positive mentorship programs

1 %
H.s. seniors

The graduation rate of Mentoring Positives high school seniors

1
Stores

The number of stores where you can find our youth-led social enterprise, Off the Block, salsa and pizza products

 

“Mentoring Positives taught me that I am somebody, not just that statistic they want me to be.”

Ralph, Mentoring Positive Alum

Mentoring Positives Alumni, Ralph (left) and Maurice (right)

 

“Before Mentoring Positives, Darbo was one of the worst neighborhoods you could live in. Will got in here, got this program going, got some of the kids off the street. The kids that were causing trouble came in to do something positive and they actually liked it.”

Maurice, Mentoring Positives Alum

“What really moves me is what Will is trying to do for the community and for people. He’s changed my life as I’ve got to do more public speaking, being more like a grown up and doing things I wouldn’t usually do.”

Evelyn, Mentoring Positives participant

“I’ve worked with a lot of different people doing programming all over the city, but to me, Mentoring Positives is the best boots-on-the-ground program in Dane County. There’s a lot of people that say they’re about change, but Will and Becky are really about changing the community for the better.”

Lester Moore, former Darbo Worthington Neighborhood Officer

Recognition

Awards and Press

Awards and recognition accepted by Will Green on behalf of Mentoring Positives:

  • Mayoral Proclamation Declared December 2019 as “Mentoring Positives Day”
  • Honorary Alumnus Award UW Eau Claire October 2018
  • Mayoral Proclamation Declared May 3, 2018 as “Will Green Day”
  • Nan Cheney March for Justice Award, presented by Forward Community Investments, 2018
  • WIAA Basketball, Big 8 Coach of the Year, 2017-2018
  • Most Influential People in Madison, presented by Madison Hip-Hop Awards/UCANN, 2017
  • The Jefferson Award, presented by Channel 27 WKOW, 2017
  • Membership on the M-List, presented by Madison Magazine, 2016
  • The “Grassroots Hero” President’s Award, presented by the Urban League of Greater Madison, 2015
  • The Citizen of the Year Award, presented by the Gamma Gamma Gamma chapter of the Omega Phi Fraternity, 2014
  • Outstanding Citizen’s Community Award, presented by the Wisconsin Council of Deliberation, 2013
  • The Madison Police Department’s Outstanding Support Award, 2012
  • One of Madison Magazine’s “People of the Year,” 2011
  • The Extra Mile Award, presented by The Rainbow Project, Inc., 2010
  • Dane County Youth Gang Prevention Task Force Certificate of Recognition, 2009
  • Friends of Joining Forces for Families Award, 2008
Press coverage:
12 on Tuesday: Will Green by Henry Sanders (Madison365)
MENTORING POSITIVES – BREAKING THE CYCLE (Community Shares of Wisconsin)
Positive Neighborhood Influences by Jonathan Gramling (Capital City Hues)
Mentors find positives in working with at-risk youths by Sandy Cullen (Wisconsin State Journal)
Undercover Homeless Project by Green Clock Films