3- 4 HOURS A MONTH CAN EMPOWER A CHILD TO BE THE BEST POSSIBLE VERSION OF THEM THEMSELVES.
3 STEPS TO BECOME A PROFESSIONALLY SUPPORTED MENTOR
We take the mentoring process seriously and want to create a great experience for you and the young person so we need to learn more about you. We welcome people of all walks of life (at least 18 years old, couples, and entire families can serve as Bigs. Our application is thorough, but when you meet us for your one-on-one interview it will all make sense. Let us know if you have any questions.
Meet a member of our team and learn more about what it means to mentor as a BIG Brother or Big Sister with the greatest mentoring and youth empowerment network in the world.
This is how we turn regular everyday people into the best youth mentors in the world. During this training, we give you everything you need to become the best mentor possible. We lay the foundation for the ongoing support and training you will receive from our agency.
Your application is completed so now you are very close to joining our BIG-Little Family we want to discuss the application with you and give you an opportunity to ask more questions. During the interview, we will discuss in depth the type of young person you are looking to mentor and set a date for you to attend training.
BECOME A VOLUNTEER MENTOR IN 30 DAYS OR LESS
LET'S start something BIG TOGETHER.
How much time will it take to be a BIG?
You'll need to commit at least four (4) hours over two (2) visits minimum each month to spending time with your Little Brother or Little Sister. However, because Littles deserve consistency, we require Bigs to make a 12-month commitment (in hopes you'll continue beyond that!).
What will my LITTLE and I do together (and will it cost a lot)?
Bigs and Littles hang out and talk, run errands together, catch a game or a movie, grab a meal or make one... you know: regular stuff kids and teens like to do. It doesn't involve expensive gifts and activities; the time you spend with your Little is what matters most. Our Match Support Specialists are always on hand to give you great ideas for ways to share time with your Little.
How do kids get signed up for the program?
Typically, the parent/guardian initiates the youth application process. That includes an interview with the parent(s)/guardian and prospective Little. This interview ensures the best possible match/relationship.
Who else is involved?
A Match Support Specialist will support you, your Little, and the parent(s)/guardian. These trained experts help you all grow together to build a trusting, lasting relationship.
Can I bring my spouse or friends along?
Not at first, because it's tough to build a trusting relationship with someone when you have an audience! Over time, though, it's good for Littles to get to know people who matter to you. Just take care to prioritize your Little ones so they don't feel left out. Remember, you may be the only person in their life who's all "theirs."
Want your spouse or family to be part of the fun? Consider being a Big Couple or Big Family.
What if I have a concern?
Any relationship can feel complicated from time to time. Because our Littles are navigating all sorts of challenges, you may come across situations you're not sure how to handle. Our Match Support Specialists are available to address any bumps along the way.
Why does mentoring work?
Just like the rest of us, Littles can get stuck in one way of thinking, seeing, or going about things. But, through an enduring relationship with a mentor, youth learn new things, grow in self-confidence, and make healthy choices... all because they are introduced to what's possible.
Why should I volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters?
Central Arkansas has a number of organizations doing incredible work in the community, and we're just thrilled you're looking for a place to volunteer! We hope you'll choose to join our efforts because of Big Brothers Big Sisters' long history of proven success. For over 50 years, we've been helping Littles do better in school, stay out of trouble and pursue their dreams. Together, we're making a massive difference in the quality of life for youth in Central Arkansas.