The decision to become a volunteer mentor is a great one, and an opportunity that will change the life of a young person for the better.
We make a difference by creating professionally supported one-to-one matches for kids who want to reach their full potential. But we can't do that without you.
ROLE MODELS MAKE AN IMPACT
Studies show that young people who have a mentor are more likely to improve in school and in their relationships with family and friends. They are also less likely to skip school or begin using drugs or alcohol, all because of the positive influence of their Big Brother or Big Sister.
The initial volunteer requirement is to meet weekly with a young person for a full year.
Because the impact of a mentor is so strong, we want to make sure you understand that core requirement.
A Big Brother or Big Sister is a young person’s ally through the many obstacles that life throws at us during our younger years.
While this is a commitment, the experience is very rewarding in many ways.
The volunteer will contact the Little and their guardian, and arrange for a time to get together on a weekday evening or during the weekend.
Depending on common interests… maybe the "Big and Little" go to the park and throw a baseball, go and volunteer at an animal shelter, or visit the Food Court at the mall and see who can come up with the weirdest lunch.
The volunteer's schedule and the Little’s schedule determine when and where to get together, and along the way everyone (including the parent or guardian) will talk with your designated Match Support social worker and let us know how things are going.
You will be visiting your Little’s school during the work day throughout the school calendar.
You will go to school and possibly have lunch with your Little, work on assignments, create some arts and crafts, or maybe play some basketball in the gym.
You and your Little Brother or Little Sister will meet in person, then communicate online working through a number of structured exercises and surveys throughout the week, from anywhere.
Steps to Become a Volunteer
Talk to BBBS staff/Attend an Info Session
Big and Little Matched
in their words
“My Big Sister is so fun to be with and I can talk to her about anything, spending time with my Big Sister makes me so happy.”