Become a Mentor

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

Youth mentoring is more critical now than ever before. Kids in our community need Bigs like you to bring support and instill confidence as they navigate these challenging times. We believe every child in our community has great potential – the potential to graduate high school, go to college, get a job, support themselves, and provide for their families. At Big Brothers Big Sisters, our purpose is to help these children realize their dreams and contribute to their community. In addition, Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children achieve success in school, helps them avoid risky behaviors such as fighting and experimenting with drugs and alcohol, and helps them improve their sense of purpose.

Big Brothers Big Sisters serves young people from age six through young adulthood. Bigs and Littles spend 2-3 hours together, 2-3 times each month, having fun in and around our community. You might play catch in the park, attend a Marlins baseball game, or go out to eat. You and your Little Brother or Little Sister will share activities that you both enjoy or try new things together. Life is busy and commitments can be daunting. Big Brothers Big Sisters offers flexible and fulfilling volunteer opportunities in your area.

How to Become a Big

Step 1

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.

 

Step 2

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

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

Meet Your Little
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.

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Which Mentoring program is the best fit for you?

Community-Based

Engaging in mutually agreed
fun activities outside of the home

4 hours per month

Youth ages 6-14

Mentors are adults

Agency provides monthly sponsored activities
such as fishing, golf lessons, baseball games, etc.

School-Based

Pen pal Literacy program

1 hour a week

Mentors connect virtually with mentee reading
and responding to excitign passages online

Youth grades 3-5

Adults and high school students welcome to mentor

Opportunities to connect with mentee in person
or through Zoom quarterly

School to Work

Life, career, and college preparedness program

2-3 hours a month

Youth grades 9-12

Mentors are adult business professionals

Mentors connect virtually with mentee working
on activities/projects (such as resumes,
sample budgets, interviewing skills). 

Mentees will participate in career exploration
opportunities with local businesses

Mentorship Support 

Our screening process helps create safe, meaningful, and lasting relationships and Big Brothers Big Sisters matches Bigs and Littles based on preferences and mutual interests. BBBS will assign a dedicated Match Support Specialist who is always there to provide resources and support specific to the Little’s age. Once we have matched you with your Little, your Match Support Specialist will be in regular contact to offer guidance and 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. These contacts are typically made by phone; however, accommodations for alternative methods of communication are possible.

It is also essential that you voice any concerns to your Match Support Specialist. They will make recommendations or take action to fix any issues; this allows for a lasting, fun, and impactful relationship between you, your Little, and your Little’s parent. 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.

Frequently Asked 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 hereIf you are ready to apply, skip the inquiry form and complete the application here. Our team will be in with contact you.