Bring a little magic into a child's life and into your own. Being a mentor is easy, rewarding, and fun!
To become a Big Brother or Big Sister you need to be at least 18 years old. The screening process involves completing a written application, in person interview and a home visit. A criminal background check and driving record check will be completed on all volunteers. Upon completion of the screening process, you’ll be matched with a 6 to 13 year old boy or girl who shares your interests – a child that could benefit from someone like you to look up to. You take if from there.
Here’s an opportunity to be someone very special. It will give you a great excuse to do “kid stuff”. Just by sharing experiences, celebrating accomplishments and listening to a child’s concerns, you can make a difference. Your experience as a Big Brother or Big Sister will be an adventure of a lifetime.
As a Big Brother or Big Sister, you’re simply a friend, not a substitute parent. You’re there to help take some of the stress out of life in a single-parent home, to be a source of friendship and guidance for your Little Brother or Little Sister and just let them know you care and that they are important. It’s really as simple as that.
We don’t expect you to have all the answers. We expect you to have a few questions. It is important to understand that as a mentor, you are never alone. The professional staff will help bring out the best in you. Our group activities are designed to introduce you and your Little Brother or Little Sister to other “matches” for activities like bowling, picnics, holiday parties – all kinds of fun activities. Our case workers are there if you need someone to talk to. We are there to support you.
If you and your spouse would like to share some of your time together with a child, you may be just right for our couples program. Volunteers must be 21 years of age and married for a minimum of two years. As a couple you are in a unique position to provide an enriching family experience for a boy or girl from a single-parent home. Activities you might enjoy with the child include walks in the park, backyard barbecues and playing board games. More important than the activity you choose is the time you are spending together, building a friendship. Together you and your spouse can provide direction, guidance and friendship that will help a child grow into a responsible adult.