Community Based Mentoring

In our Community-Based program, Bigs coordinate outings with Littles to do free or low-cost activities together in the Big Bend community.

Examples include:

Taking a walk in the park

Going to a museum

Watching sporting events

Going to an event hosted by the local BBBS affiliate

Some Bigs meet their Littles on the weekends. Others get together with their Littles on weekday evenings.

Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them.

Role models make an impact

Studies show that children who have role models are more likely to improve in school and in their relationships with family and friends, and less likely to skip school or use illegal drugs or alcohol. Students who are successful in school are less likely to drop out, abuse drugs, or commit crimes. 

Community Based Program Requirements

Child Requirements

  • Child must be 5-18 years of age

  • Child and parent complete in-person interview with agency staff

  • Child and parent maintain contact with Big and Match Support Specialist on monthly basis

Volunteer Requirements

  • At least 18 years of age

  • Attend orientation, submit application, complete pre-match training, in-person interview with agency staff and willing to complete several background checks including driving checks

  • Maintain contact with child/family and Match Support Specialist on monthly basis

Please note that this program has a significant wait time - children who enroll can wait up to 2 years or more to be matched.