Be a Big

We're so glad you're interested in becoming a Big.  It's a fun, life-changing volunteer experience that gives the gift of your friendship.

Dr. Potter Bigs on Campus is a twice-monthly mentoring program that takes place at St. Cloud State University. Thanks to Spanier Bus Service, junior and senior high school students are transported for free to SCSU. Matches spend their time together (on-campus only) exploring, attending events, participating in recreational activities, touring academic departments, and more!

This program is named for the late Dr. Earl H. Potter III, former President of St. Cloud State University. He signed the partnership agreement without hesitation in May 2016 and tragically passed away in a car crash on June 13, 2016. His commitment to youth in our community, the BBBS program, and the Bigs on Campus initiative inspired us to name the program in his honor.

Developed to open windows of opportunity for youth facing challenges in our community, most students are of color, from low-income homes, who would be first-generation college students. Additionally, many participants are Somali - allowing the program to create a welcoming connection to the community. This program serves students in an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) class which aims to close the achievement gap between students such as these. 

Bigs on Campus Volunteer Requirements

  • 18 or older, must be out of high school
  • commit to a minimum of 12 months after being matched
  • attend volunteer orientation
  • complete in-person interview
  • pass background checks and required references

Ready to make a positive impact? Click here to complete an inquiry.

COMMUNITY-BASED

Big Brothers Big Sisters Community-based mentoring program matches children 7- to 17-years-old in a new match who desire a match with a Big Brother or Big Sister. Once they are matched, they can stay matched until age 21. Mentors are expected to commit to meet with their mentee for a minimum of one year. Throughout the mentoring relationship, BBBS program staff monitor the matches and provide support to mentors. Typically, mentees and mentors meet two to four times each month and meeting at least 2-4 hours. The mentoring relationship is designed to provide a sense of safety and security, emotional support, build social skills, set goals,  build positive relationships, improve self-confidence, academic achievement, and future aspirations.  Mentors can be a Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Couple or Big Family.

COMMUNITY-BASED REQUIREMENTS

  • At least 18 and out of high school
  • Commit to a minimum of one year after being matched
  • Attend volunteer orientation
  • Complete in-person interview
  • Pass a background checks and required references
  • Have a vehicle, current driver’s license and proof of auto insurance

CURRENT OPENINGS

For Adult Bigs: now accepting applicants. We always need Bigs from the St. Cloud metro area, but we currently have a special need for mentors who reside in Big Lake, Holdingford and Becker.
Defend the potential of youth! Click here to complete an inquiry.

 

SITE OR SCHOOL-BASED

Big Brothers Big Sisters Site or School-based mentoring program matches children in K-8th grade with a High School Big or an adult. Once they are matched, they can stay matched until graduation. Mentors are expected to commit to meet with their mentee for a minimum of one year. The child and mentor meet at a school or site 2-4 times a month for 1 hour. A few activities that matches enjoy are playing board games, arts & crafts, and playing sports. Throughout the mentoring relationship, BBBS program staff monitor the matches and provide support to mentors. The mentoring relationship is designed to provide a sense of safety and security, emotional support, build social skills, set goals,  build positive relationships, improve self-confidence, academic achievement, and future aspirations.  Mentors can be a High School Bigs, Big Brothers or Big Sisters.

SITE or SCHOOL-BASED REQUIREMENTS

  • High School Bigs must be in their second semester of freshmen year of high school or older
  • Adult Bigs must be at least 18 and out of high school
  • Commit to a minimum of one year after being matched
  • Attend volunteer orientation
  • Complete in-person interview
  • Pass a background checks and required references
  • Have a vehicle, current driver’s license and proof of auto insurance (not required for High School Bigs)

CURRENT OPENINGS

For High School Bigs and Adult Bigs: now accepting applicants. 
Defend the potential of youth! Click here to complete an inquiry. 

  1. PICK A PROGRAM     Check out the options above or contact Brenda for more ways to get involved

  2. FILL OUT AN INTEREST FORM     Click here to fill out the online interest form and then go right on to Step 3 and sign up for and attend an Info Session

  3. ATTEND AN INFO SESSION     Sign up for and attend a one-hour Info Session/Orientation- either via Zoom or in-person

  4. SIGN UP FOR AN INTERVIEW     Talk to our staff and schedule a volunteer interview.

  5. COMPLETE A BACKGROUND CHECK     A background check invitation will be e-mailed to you from The Advocates at Verified Volunteers

  6. MEET YOUR MATCH     We will present you with a potential Little. Once you confirm, it’s time to meet your Little!