BE A MENTOR

WHAT IF EVERY CHILD FULFILLED THEIR POTENTIAL?

YOU CAN START A CHILD ON THE PATH TO BIG THINGS

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do. Not to mention, one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering them to achieve. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do.

Play sports together. Hike a trail at Mount Rainer. Read books. Eat a pizza with extra anchovies. Or just give some advice and inspiration. Whatever it is you enjoy, odds are you’ll enjoy them even more with your Little—and you’ll be making a life-changing impact.

Volunteering just a few hours a month with a child can start something amazing. So why not apply to be a Big today. There are kids out there ready to get started. Are you?

THREE HOURS IS ALL IT TAKES

Matches meet twice a month for 3-5 hours where you can get to know a wonderful kid, make a difference, and have fun as you learn together.

WANT TO DO LUNCH?

Just one lunch a week can make a difference in a child’s life. Please contact us to see if there is a school-based mentoring program near you.

MENTOR MILITARY CONNECTED CHILDREN

We need 50 mentors to meet with military connected children once a week at select elementary schools in the North Thurston Public Schools district during the 2016-2017 school year.

Meet during the child’s lunch hour one day a week at one of these elementary schools: Evergreen Forest, Meadows, Seven Oaks, or Woodland.

This program is a federally funded partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington, Mentoring Works Washington, and North Thurston Public Schools. The University of Arkansas will be studying the effects of mentoring for children of military service members.

HOW DO I BECOME A MENTOR?

APPLY

Simply fill out the application form, and submit it to BBBS SWWA via email:
[email protected]
or mail:
1802 Black Lake Blvd., Suite 102
Olympia, WA 98512

INTERVIEW

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ORIENTATION

Littles and Bigs are interviewed to determine personalities, preferences and interests. We then:

  • Conduct a background + DMV check
  • Contact your references
  • Have professional staff guide you step-by-step

GET MATCHED

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CONNECTED

Once a match is found, you will then:

  • Meet your new Little and his/her family with a trained agency staff member
  • Receive mentor training
  • Meet your Match Support Specialist
  • Connect to our Big community

VOLUNTEER FAQ’S

Who are the Bigs in the program?

Our Big Brothers and Sisters 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!

When can I see my Little Brother/Sister?

As a Big/Little team, you decide together what you want to do and then your Little gets parent approval. We recommend that you keep a consistent schedule of outings and get together on a regular basis. Ideally, you will meet with him on a weekly basis. Until your relationship is established the outings will also depend on the comfort level of your Little’s parents, your Little and you.

How much money should I spend?

The quality of time invested with your Little is more important than the amount of money you spend. That’s why we don’t encourage spending a lot of money on your outings. The goal of the relationship is to help them see the world through a different lens so you can inspire them 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. Shoot hoops at a local park, play a game together, or share that pizza that you were going to have for lunch anyway. Our staff will offer donor-supported group activities that are a great way to meet other Bigs and Littles. As a Big Brother, 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 Brother/Sister?

Share an activity that gives you something in common to talk about. Go to the library, check out a book and read together. Play a board game. Go on a nature walk. Or hang out 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 children, playing can be learning. Most important: keep it simple and enjoy yourselves!

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

In the beginning it’s important for you and your Little Brother/Sister to get to know each other. This can happen best on a one-to-one basis. However, over time it’s also valuable for your Little to get to know the people who are important to you. Just keep in mind that if you’re spending lots of time with others, your Little may begin to feel jealous or neglected. The main focus is the friendship you develop with your Little and the impact you have on his/her life.

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

Once you are matched with your Little Brother/Sister, 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!

STILL HAVE SOME QUESTIONS?

Please get in touch if you want more information. We’d love to answer any questions you might have!

EMAIL US

CALL US

(360) 943-0409

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We are in the office Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

1802 Black Lake Blvd, Suite 102, Olympia, WA 98512