Will Green was raised in Gary, Indiana. Despite growing up in a city known as “America’s murder capital,” Will and his two younger brothers thrived thanks to the unyielding support of their mother, Muriel Pipkins. As a youth, Will found a meaningful outlet through sports; a stand-out basketball player, Will went on to play in college. Will attended Kankakee Community College in Illinois for a few semesters, then transferred as to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice and Geography. Will began his professional journey working with the Eau Claire Academy, a residential treatment center for youth with emotional and behavioral problems. There Will found his niche engaging with and supporting at-risk youth.
In 1991, Will met his wife Becky.
Becky Green grew up in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Like Will, Becky and her two brothers were raised by a dedicated single mother. Becky attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she discovered her passion for social work. Becky also worked at the Eau Claire Academy, a job that cemented her love for working with at-risk youth. Becky later moved to Madison to work as a juvenile probation officer and case manager for youth with mental illness.
Will and Becky married in 2002. Their daughter Malia was born in 2003, six months after the passing of Will’s beloved mother Muriel. It was during this time that Will decided to start his own mentoring program. Will used his mother’s initials as the inspiration to create “Mentoring Positives,” a program that Will hoped would honor the dedication and commitment that Muriel Pipkins showed to those in her family and community.
Mentoring Positives began in the fall of 2004 as a referral-based program that offered individual mentoring for delinquent youth. Soon after, Mentoring Positives evolved into a nonprofit and began offering group mentoring. The program has since expanded to provide programming in social entrepreneurship (in particular, MP’s wildly successful Off the Block Salsa venture), sports, and the arts. Since the beginning, Mentoring Positives has been headquartered in Madison’s Darbo-Worthington neighborhood, where Will, Becky and their staff continue to serve as a dynamic neighborhood resource and positive influence in the community.