How it works
Follow this process to become a mentor:
1. Inquire online - click on the link to the agency in your area and send one of our local mentoring coordinators an email or phone them. Once we hear from you, we’ll send you an application pack and arrange to talk to you by phone or in-person to answer any questions and tell you a little more about the programme.
2. Apply – complete the written application form and return it by post or email.
3. Background check - child safety is our priority so we will check your records (police and Child, Youth and Family) to be sure that you are a good fit for our programme.
4. Referees – you need to provide us with the names of three people who we can talk to about your ability to be a mentor.
5. Interview – a mentoring coordinator will invite you to participate in an in-person interview.
6. Training / Orientation – prior to being matched you will attend attend a short mentor training held over part of a day, or one or two evenings.
7. Matching – we will review the kids in your area who need a Big Brother or Big Sister and find the best fit for you. Depending on your gender and the kind of child you’d like to work with, matching may go very quickly or take some time. Making the right match is important to our commitment to form lasting relationships.
Spending Time with Your Little Brother or Little Sister
Once matched, Big Brothers and Big Sisters develop friendships with their Little Brothers and Little Sisters. Whether playing a computer game or simply hanging out you will bring magic into the life of a child. It’s that simple.
School-based matches meet in schools for just one hour each week during the day. They do projects together, read in the library, eat lunch, kick a ball around, and more.
Community-based matches are flexible and will fit your busy schedule. Big Brothers and Big Sisters and their Little Brothers and Little Sisters hang out in the community and go to museums, sporting events, movies, and more. What you do is up to you and the young person you are matched with!
We’ll Support You
Each match is supported by professional staff at your local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency. Match support staff regularly check in with volunteers, children and parents, and are always available to answer questions.
Regular events are held in your community giving you an opportunity to meet other Mentors and Little Brothers and Little Sisters in your area. Plus, through the generosity of our partners and individuals in your community, there are often free tickets to sporting events, shows, and more!