Empathy. Energy. Kindness. You have the #3BigThings we’re looking for...

Being a Big is about unlocking the potential and promise of our youth, and the power to do so starts with the right values. The children and teens we serve are looking for mentors who embody kindness, honesty, energy, integrity, and above all else, a commitment to their community. It is OUR job to be on their team, help them recognize their worth, and explore the interests that inspire their journey towards a fulfilling future. 

Sometimes being a GREAT Big simply means being a good listener and creating space for your Little to shine. Sometimes it means discussing tough topics, and sometimes, it’s just about having fun.

We believe YOU have what it takes to be an awesome Big.

So, what are your #3BigThings? Are you...

  • Humble, self-aware, empathetic and willing to learn from your Little
  • A good listener
  • Interested in helping a young person discover their greatness
  • Committed to increasing equity and access for the youth we serve
  • Passionate about unlocking ASSETS/STRENGTHS in another person
  • Someone who respects and learns from the lived experiences of those around you
  • Willing to be yourself and ENCOURAGE a young person to do the same
  • Open to helping a young person determine what THEIR version of success may be
  • Someone who owns up to their mistakes and learns from them
  • A product of a great mentor or understanding of your own privilege
  • Accountable and consistent
  • Supportive of disadvantaged communities and future generations

Understanding Your Big Commitment...

  • Be in market for no less than 14 months (approx. 45 days for enrollment and 12 months as a mentor) and commit to mentoring your Little for no less than 12 months
  • Meet with your Little 2-4 times each month after school or on weekends
  • Coordinate with your Little's parent/guardian
  • Embrace a strengths-based approach and work with your Little to achieve gains in the areas identified in his/her plan
  • Commit to having a conversation with BBBSL staff once per month

How to Start Making a Big Difference (30-60 days):

  • Complete an initial inquiry form or send an email (see below for both)
  • Schedule a quick orientation call or Zoom to learn all the ins and outs and decide if we are the right volunteer experience for you
  • Complete a full application inclusive of a background check, references, etc.
  • Complete self-paced online pre-match training
  • Complete a 90-minute virtual interview so we can match you with the BEST Little/Scholar for you
  • Receive information about a proposed Little/Scholar and accept or decline
  • Attend your first virtual Match Meeting with your Little, your Little's guardian, and BBBSL staff
  • Complete a 90-minute Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion virtual training within the first 60 days of being matched

If you’re interested in bringing your #3BigThings to our youth and would like to join a child’s team, CLICK HERE.