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The Process

Becoming a Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor is as simple as 1-2-3:

The Application and Assessment Process

The following is a general overview of the process. The volunteer applicant:

  • Submits a written application to their local agency
  • Submits a police record check and three or four references
  • Participates in a one-to-one interview with a staff member at the Big Brothers Big Sisters agency
  • Depending on the program, may be asked to participate in an assessment of their home environment
  • Successfully completes an orientation and child safety training
  • Is notified of their acceptance/non-acceptance
  • If accepted as a volunteer mentor, signs an agreement of confidentiality

The Matching Process

The matching process can vary from program to program, but in general:

  • The caseworker, now familiar with the volunteer and the children and youth waiting to be matched, discusses a potential match with the volunteer, the child or youth, and, depending on the program, with the family
  • The caseworker arranges for a meeting between the child or youth, the volunteer mentor, and often the parent or guardian
  • If everyone agrees, the match can begin!
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