Recognition for Mentoring Positives came thick and fast in 2011 and included Will Green’s invitation to speak to the Badger Bioneers conference.
Badger Bioneers is an annual two day event held each November, highlighting the work of Madison citizens who are creating a sustainable future, whether by greening their business, imparting Earth knowledge in the classroom, or nurturing the people and places of their communities. The conference invites talks by “local” sustainability heroes,” which it recognizes for their “innovative, creative work in community development and resilience – the heart of sustainability.”
Here is how the Badger Bioneers’ Website describes Mentoring Positives:
Mentoring Positives’ ten mentors currently work with 45 kids ranging from 10-year-olds to late teens. It has been hailed as “an unbelievable asset” by the Madison Police Department and praised by local parents and officials alike for providing a safe, supportive haven for young men.
“The program doesn’t have the reach, or the funding, of large and established mentoring programs like Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Green says that he is trying to hook the kids who have behavioral or mental issues that those programs don’t individually address. Yes, he plays basketball with teens, but Green’s mentees talk about life, help each other address family issues, and work through school suspensions.”