Military Mentoring

Youth with military-connected parents or guardians are matched with mentors in either the community- or site-based programs. Mentors do not need military experience—they will undergo additional training to provide support to military-connected youth.

Youth with military-connected guardians are matched with mentors in either the community- or site-based programs. Mentors do not need military experience—they will undergo additional training to provide support to military-connected youth.

Bigs can meet their Little at a site or school. This allows matches to build a friendship within a structured setting with professional staff support nearby. The activities can include whatever appeals to the Big and Little – from shooting hoops and hanging out to reading a book together.

Bigs in the Community-based program meet with their youth one-on-one in the community. Bigs arrange outings with the Little’s guardian—they can go on a hike, play at a park, or do a craft at a coffee shop.

Being a Big is all about sharing enjoyable experiences with a child in need. It doesn’t take a lot of time or money or any special skills. All you need is a willingness to be a friend to a child who needs a positive role model. Bigs consistently tell us that they “get back more than they give,” and having a Big changes a child’s life for the better, forever!

Basic Requirements

Community-based Military Mentoring:

  • Be at least 18 years old and out of high school for Community-based programs.
  • Commit to meet with a Little 2-4 times a month for at least 18 months. 
  • Have transportation, a valid driver’s license, and proof of car insurance. 
  • Be willing to transport your Little in your vehicle. 
  • Be able to pass criminal background check. No felonies.
  • Be able to pass a motor vehicle check (no DUI’s in the last 5 years). 
  • Be able to participate in regular phone contact with a BBBS staff person

Site-Based Military Mentoring:

  • Be at least high school freshmen. Adults also accepted. 
  • Commit to meet Little at least 3 times a month for an entire school year. 
  • Be able to pass criminal background check. No felonies.
  • Have valid picture ID.
  • Have reliable mode of transportation.
  • Be able to participate in regular phone contact with a BBBS staff person

Join Us

Your first step in becoming a mentor is to complete our application and submit it to us via:

Email: [email protected]

Mail/In-person: 2424 Heritage Ct. SW, Ste 302, Olympia, WA 98502

Fax: (360)943-0412

Other Ways to Get Involved

Whether you get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a donor, potential Big Brother or Big Sister, partner, advocate, or family member, you have the power to change a child's future for the better.