Be a Defender of Potential

Become a Big

You can be the difference

All youth have potential, they just need someone to defend it. One-to-one mentoring provides young people with the support and opportunities they need to help build successful futures. Our Littles dream big, and our mentors empower them to reach their fullest potential.

There are a lot of Littles who want a positive role model in their life. We need more mentors to ignite the power and promise of our youth. As a Big, you’ll change a young person’s life, but they’ll also change yours.

98%

of Bigs feel "confident in their ability to handle the challenges of being a mentor"

10

average hours of training and professional coaching for volunteers in their first year as a mentor

90%

of our Littles say their Big is the stable and supportive adult in their life

We're bigger together

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Steps to becoming a Big

Step One

Fill out an inquiry form

Let us know you’re interested in volunteering with us and if you’d like to learn more about being a mentor before filling out an application.

Step Two

Complete an application

Once we receive and review your inquiry, we’ll send you an application where you’ll provide the additional information needed, personal references, and sign the required forms.

Step Three

Volunteer orientation

Take a deeper dive into your selected program and learn more about the matching process, program expectations, and scenarios you may encounter as a mentor.

Step Four

Interview

We’ll get to know more about you to determine if our program is a good fit and to help us make the best match possible between you and a mentee if you become a Big.

Step Five

Volunteer Onboarding

While waiting for the right match, you’ll complete a series of online training to better prepare for being a mentor.

Step Six

Matching

A lot of thought and intention goes into our matching process, so wait times can vary. We match mentors based on the best fit for you, the child, and their family.

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Sign up for an info Session

Join an information session with our staff to learn more about becoming a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee.

Interested in becoming a mentor?

Fill out the inquiry form to let us know you’re interested in volunteering with us and if you’d like to learn more about being a mentor before filling out an application. Once we receive and review your inquiry, we’ll send you the full application.

THE BIG CIRCLE REFERRAL PROGRAM

Already a Big? We need your help finding more mentors like you. For every volunteer you refer who completes the orientation, you’ll get recognized and rewarded. The more volunteers you refer, the bigger the perks.

Already have someone in mind? Fill out the referral form.