Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do. Not to mention, one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering them to achieve.
Today's youth face a variety of challenges, and being matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister can help them navigate these challenges and reach their potential. When children and teens have the influence of a caring adult, they are more likely to avoid risky behaviors and to focus on academics. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do. Play sports together. Go on a hike. Read books. Eat a pizza with extra anchovies. Or just give some advice and inspiration. Whatever it is you enjoy, odds are you’ll enjoy them even more with your Little—and you’ll be making a life-changing impact.
BASIC VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Be willing to commit to meeting regularly with your Little (at least four hours per month)
- Decide whether you’d like to participate in the community-based program (one calendar year commitment) from the date you are matched or site-based program (one school year commitment)
- Participate in a volunteer orientation (at your own pace from anywhere)
- Take our required online Pre-match training course (at your own pace from anywhere)
- Provide three to four references
- Consent to a background check
- You must be willing to come to our office, located at 565 E. Tennessee St in Tallahassee, for an extended personal interview
Important Note: Big Brothers Big Sisters strives for stable, long lasting one-to-one relationships for the youth we serve. Due to this, we will not sign off on community service hours for college students until you have completed the required commitment of one school year.
Why do we need Male Mentors to be Big Brothers?
More than half of our children waiting for a Big are boys, but only 2 out of every 10 inquiries to volunteer come from men. Research shows that having the positive influence of a Big Brother makes a real difference in a boy's life. So join the hundreds of thousands of volunteers that give a young person someone to look up to. And learn why so many are now saying, “I get back so much more than I give.”