AN OUTCOMES-DRIVEN, ONE-TO-ONE MENTORING MODEL THAT WORKS.

Want a rewarding, meaningful volunteer experience unlike any other? Give the invaluable gift of your friendship and become a Big Brother or Big Sister today.

A child is waiting to have fun with you!

Step 1: Inquire

 

Tell us you’re interested. Our team will answer your questions and help you determine the ideal program that fits for you. If you are ready to apply,
please skip to Step 2.

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Step 2: Apply

 

Complete an application. Be ready to share your Driver’s License and references: child safety is our highest priority.

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Step 3: Interview &
Screening

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters will conduct various screenings including a background check on you; child safety is our number one priority! A final recommendation is made by the Program Committee regarding acceptance, as not all who apply are accepted.

Step 4: Ready to be Matched

Big Brothers Big Sisters will begin to search for your Little based on a variety of factors such as distance, interests, and commonalities. We try to accommodate preferences from parents and volunteers. Our professional team takes pride in making long lasting quality matches. We are not able to give a definitive timeframe of when you will be matched.

Step 5: Introductions

Congratulations! It’s time to meet your match! This will be the start of an epic friendship. We can’t wait to share this moment with you.

Match Support

Don’t worry, we’re still here for you! Our professionally trained staff will provide training, guidance, and support every step of the way to help you maintain a safe, meaningful one-to-one relationship fit to last.

Which program is the best fit for you?

Frequently Asked Questions.

We’re here to help you every step of the way. View a full list of commonly asked questions to get the information you need. Contact us if you have additional questions.

Who are the Bigs in the program?

Our Bigs come from diverse backgrounds just like our Littles. They are regular people, just like you. You don’t need any special degrees or job skills. You just have to want to positively impact a young person. Role models come in all shapes and sizes, and you could be a perfect fit. Adults of any age and high school students are welcome to mentor.

When can I see my Little?

We recommend that you keep a consistent schedule of outings and get together on a regular basis. The outings will also depend on the comfort level of your Little’s parents, your Little, and you. For community-based mentoring, this means making plans with your child’s parent to meet in the community. You and your Little will agree upon activities you would like to do together and discuss those ideas the parent/guardian for approval. For Site-based mentoring or School to Work, your child’s Big will either go to your child’s school or interact virtually via the online platform on a regular basis.

How much money should I spend?

The quality of the time you invest with your Little is more important than the amount of money you spend. The goal of the relationship is to help your Little see the world through a different lens so you can inspire your Little to become something they never thought possible. If you are going to spend money, we encourage you to seek out low-cost activities, especially in the beginning. Play a game together or share that pizza that you were going to have for lunch anyway. Big Brothers Big Sisters offer sponsored group activities that are a great way to meet other Bigs and Littles. As a Big, you may also receive notices for free tickets to cultural and sports activities for you both to enjoy.

What are some good ideas for outings with my Little?

Share an activity that gives you both enjoy or would like to learn more about to give you something in common to talk about. Go to the library, check out a book and read together. Buy a comic book to read together. Play a board game. Go on a nature walk. Hit a bucket of golf balls at the local driving range. Take a ride in the car with the radio on and talk about the music you like. You want to select activities that give each of you a chance to learn more about one another. For younger children, playing can be learning. Most important: keep it simple and enjoy yourselves! In the Site Based and School to Work program, fun and engaging activities are led and planned by the Program Coordinator.

Can I bring my spouse, a friend, or a family member on outings?

Share an activity that gives you both enjoy or would like to learn more about to give you something in common to talk about. Go to the library, check out a book and read together. Buy a comic book to read together. Play a board game. Go on a nature walk. Hit a bucket of golf balls at the local driving range. Take a ride in the car with the radio on and talk about the music you like. You want to select activities that give each of you a chance to learn more about one another. For younger children, playing can be learning. Most important: keep it simple and enjoy yourselves! In the Site Based and School to Work program, fun and engaging activities are led and planned by the Program Coordinator.

What kind of support can I expect from Big Brothers Big Sisters once I get matched?

Once you are matched with your Little, a Match Support Specialist from the agency will be in regular contact with you to provide assistance and give feedback. Any time you are unsure about what to do or how to handle a situation, you will have a Match Support Specialist there to help. They’ll help you with ideas for activities, guidance for handling possible difficult situations, and feedback on how you are making a difference.

Will I become a replacement parent?

No, Littles have a parent or guardian in their life already. What they need is a Big to spend quality, one-on-one time with them. Someone to have fun with, someone they can confide in, someone like you!

I want to be a Big! What do I do?

Great! We are happy to welcome you to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties family! If you still have questions or want more information simply, fill out an inquiry form here. If you are ready to apply, skip the inquiry form and complete the application here. Our team will be in with contact you.