Mentors share everyday activities, and help young people to expand their horizons. Our professional staff supports these mentoring relationships, and national research has shown that the shared experiences between Bigs and Littles have a direct and lasting positive impact on children’s lives. A Big Brother or Big Sister can help a young person discover a world of possibilities and opportunities simply by being a positive adult role model & friend.
Community-Based Program: Mentors are matched with a child between the ages of 6-17, who come from single-parent families. You meet with the child 2-4 times a month, either after school or on weekends. We suggest low cost/no cost activities so that it does not become a financial burden. You are there to be the child’s friend, mentor, and positive role model in their lives. Examples of activities include making dinner together, spending time with the volunteer’s family, home projects, school projects, homework help, or the occasional special trips. Married couples can mentor one male child or sometimes siblings as a couples match.
School-Based Program: Mentors meet with their student once a week for 45 minutes to an hour at the child’s school. During these weekly visits to the school, you can read together, play games, help with schoolwork, have lunch in the school cafeteria, or just talk and get to know your Little Brother or Little Sister. School Mentors do not see the child outside of school. Not available in all schools.
Mentoring Children of Promise (MCOP): Mentors are matched with children ages 6-17, who have one or both parents who are incarcerated. The child may be living with another family member (quite often a grandparent) or they may be in foster care. Just as in the Community-Based Program, the MCOP mentor meets with their Little Brother or Little Sister 2-4 times a month, either after school or on the weekends.
LGBTQ Youth Mentoring Program: Adult mentors are matched with LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning) teens. Mentors work with a group of students through a high school’s GSA (gay, straight alliance) or Diversity Club; or are matched with a young person who is interested in individual mentoring. Commitment is 2 to 4 times per month for the school year.
Steps to Becoming a Mentor:
The mentor enrollment process includes:
- a written or online application
- an in-person interview,
- a criminal background/ DE child protection registry check and three references.
- mentor training (individual or group)
In addition, our Community-Based Programs require a driving record check and a home visit with your BBBS Mentor Case Manager.