Becoming a Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor is as simple as 1-2-3:
- Step 1. Ensure that you are comfortable with the Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer enrollment process and us as an agency.
- Step 2. See if mentoring is right for you, taking into account your personal situation and responsibilities
- Step 3.Inquire to get started with the application and assessment process.
The Application and Assessment Process
The order of the steps in the application and assessment process can vary from agency to agency, but the following is a general overview of the process. The volunteer applicant:
- Submits a written application to their local agency
- Submits a police record check and three or four references
- Participates in a one-to-one interview with a staff member at the Big Brothers Big Sisters agency
- Depending on the program, may be asked to participate in an assessment of their home environment
- Successfully completes an orientation and child safety training
- Is notified of their acceptance/non-acceptance
- If accepted as a volunteer mentor, signs an agreement of confidentiality
The Matching Process
Similar to the application and assessment process, the matching process can vary from agency to agency and from program to program, but in general:
- The caseworker, now familiar with the volunteer and the children and youth waiting to be matched, discusses a potential match with the volunteer, the child or youth, and, depending on the program, with the family
- The caseworker arranges for a meeting between the child or youth, the volunteer mentor, and often the parent or guardian
- If everyone agrees, the match can begin!