Volunteer as a Mentor
When we match a child with a mentor, we start something incredible – a life-changing relationship built on friendship, trust and empowerment. Make a “Big” difference by giving a “Little” time. Start volunteering today. If you’d rather volunteer in our office, for our fundraising events, on our board or working with our Social Enterprise Team, please call our Volunteer Intake Coordinator at 250-475-1117, ext. 40, to explore options.
Steps to becoming a mentor:
You can complete these steps in any order – please don’t wait to finish one step before starting the next.
1. Submit your Application Package
If you would rather complete your application form on paper, please contact our Volunteer Intake Coordinator and an application package will be mailed to you.
Your application package includes an application form along with a Volunteer Permission and Release form, Media Consent form, COVID-19 Waiver, Code of Contact Agreement and Confidentiality Policy Agreement. It also asks you to share contact details for the people who will provide references for you.
We first contact your reference providers by email. This allows them to reply at their own convenience and provide in-depth, thoughtful answers. Please let your reference providers know that you are listing them prior to submitting your application. You will need to provide:
|2. Schedule your Two Training Sessions
Join with other volunteers over Zoom to learn about our programs and what it’s like to be a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Then learn how to build a Developmental Relationship with your mentee. Both training sessions must be completed before you can become a mentor but you can complete them in any order.
If none of the scheduled training dates listed on Event-brite work for you, or you’d prefer to complete training in another format, please speak with our Volunteer Intake Coordinator to make alternate arrangements.
|4. Request a Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector Check
It can take many weeks for your Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector Check to be completed, so please don’t wait to submit your request.
|5. Participate in a one-on-one Interview
Interviews provide in-depth background information about you and allow you to discuss questions, concerns or expectations in a one-on-one environment. We will schedule your interview once we have heard back from two of your references. Interviews are held currently being held online through Zoom or Microsoft Teams but please let us know if you’d rather complete this step in person. Community mentors who may be driving with a mentee in their vehicle are asked to show agency staff their driver’s license and proof of insurance.
|6. Complete additional training (as required)
Go Girls! mentors also complete facilitator training that takes several hours. This will be scheduled prior to each new program session.
|7. Receive your Notice of Screening results
Once your application screening is complete, your file is reviewed by our Volunteer Intake Coordinator. Our decision regarding your acceptance as a volunteer will be e-mailed to you.
|8. Start your match
BBBS staff determine which child on our waitlist is most likely to have a successful mentoring relationship with you. You will be given information about that child and a time will be set for you to meet them. Community-based mentors also meet with the child’s parent/guardian before being introduced to the child. Everyone signs a match agreement contract and the match begins.
We hope this step-by-step guide to becoming a mentor is helpful, but we are always happy to chat with you if you have questions or feedback. Please contact our Volunteer Intake Coordinator at 250-475-1117, ext. 40 if you need more information or want to discuss your own volunteering circumstances.
New mentoring matches are still being made, but evolving COVID-19 safety concerns may affect allowable activities and/or face-to-face contact. We do our best to process volunteer applications in a timely manner. However, due to COVID-19, limited staff resources and an unpredictable number of applicants at any given time, it can take up to 12 weeks to process your application. This depends on a number of factors including the return of your Criminal Record Check and responses from referees. Once your application is approved, the matching process can also take several weeks depending upon the program you have selected. Please keep this in mind when considering your program choice.
You are encouraged to call (250) 475-1117, ext.40, to check on the status of your application or discuss any question(s) you might have.
Thank you again for thinking about being a mentor. We look forward to helping you through this exciting time!