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