THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN VOLUNTEERING AS A MENTOR WITH BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF ACADIANA!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN VOLUNTEERING AS A MENTOR WITH BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF ACADIANA!

Our Bigs come from diverse backgrounds just like our Littles. You don't necessarily need any special degrees or job skills. You just have to want to positively impact a young person. Volunteer now and make a difference in the life of your future Little Brother or Little Sister!

Before you fill out your application, we want you to know a few things about our programs. 

OUR MISSION

Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. 

Our one-to-one mentoring is built on...

  • Careful Screening
  • Thoughtful Matching
  • Thorough Support of the Mentoring Match 

We ask all volunteer mentors to commit to at least 12 months. Research shows that kids who have a strong relationship with their mentor have positive, lasting change after 12 months. 

OUR PROGRAMS - 3 WAYS TO MAKE A BIG IMPACT!

Community-Based: Our community-based mentoring program matches responsible adults with under-resourced youth from the community, providing the youth with an additional role model. As a community-based match, you meet together about twice a month at a time convenient for both you and your Little, and spend quality time together engaging in meaningful one-to-one activities. The minimum commitment is one year. You can see a movie, bake cookies, shoot some hoops, or whatever else may be a fun way to spend time together. As a community-based Big, you must have your own transportation to pick-up and drop off your Little. As with all programs, Bigs receive on-going support from our staff to help you along the way. 

School-Based: Throughout the academic year, Bigs in the school-based program meet with their Littles weekly at school for 30 - 45 minutes. School-based programs take place in schools across Lafayette Parish. As a school-based match, you and your Little can utilize resources on the school's campus for your activities - you can play on the playground, shoot hoops, visit the library, make arts & crafts, etc. You can even work on homework together or just walk and talk. You must have reliable transportation to get to your assigned school each week.  The minimum commitment is one-year. Over the summer, school-based matched can keep in touch through letter writing and attending a BBBS activity. 

Sports Buddies: Sports Buddies is a guys only program! In the Sports Buddies mentoring program, you and your Little participate in activities once or twice a month facilitated by BBBS - either playing sports or watching sports! Activities are typically on Saturdays or Sundays and are planned and facilitated by BBBS. In this program, all communication is facilitated by agency staff. 

*** Bigs must be at least 18 years old. 

OUR LITTLES

Youth served through our mentoring programs are between the ages of 6 and 18 who could use a positive role model to empower them to achieve their full potential. 

The kids we serve have many wonderful qualities. They also face multiple risk factors in their lives. Here are a few examples: 

  • 93% are living in low-to-moderate income household
  • 70% are living with a single parent and 8% are living with neither parent
  • 68% are kids of color
  • 10% have an incarcerated parent

A great mentoring relationship can be a positive factor that helps balance some of the challenges kids face. 

  • Divorce
  • Poverty
  • Substance Abuse
  • Problems in school
  • Problems relating to peers

The positive benefits of a Little having a mentor include: 

  • Their Big serving as a positive adult role model 
  • Provides new experiences and perspectives
  • Promotes positive youth development (sense of self, sense of the future, enthusiasm for learning, etc)

Children are not excluded on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, gender, marital status of parent, sexual orientation, gender identity, parent veteran status, or disability. 

OUR BIGS

You do not need special skills, a ton of money, or have a lot of experience with kids, you just need to be: 

  • A caring, supportive person
  • Willing to share time, ideas, and new experiences
  • Someone who embraces differences and loves to learn
  • Able to set and hold boundries
  • Put a child's safety and well-being first
  • Consistent 

Almost all of the kids who need and want a Big Brother or Big Sister have situations in their lives that reduce the likelihood that they will thrive in school and life. 

Your role as a mentor is to let your Little know that they are important, that you care, and that despite their challenges you want to help them be their best selves and reach their full potential.

There are many ways you can help improve the life of a Little, but there are a few things you are not expected to be, such as: 

  • A judge
  • A savior
  • A parent
  • A babysitter, chauffer, or an atm
  • A parole officer
  • A professional counselor, therapist or social worker

Volunteers are not excluded on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or disability. 

YOU WON'T BE ALONE 

After you are matched with your Little Brother or Little Sister, a Match Support Specialist (BBBS Staff) will call you once a month for the 1st year of your match (and less frequently after that) to help with things like: 

  • problem-solving
  • ideas for building a friendship
  • information and resources
  • support and feedback

ENROLLMENT PROCESS

  1. Orientation - You're ALMOST done with this step! 
  2. Complete your application on-line. Once you complete the application, you will receive a link to schedule your interview.
  3. Complete a one-to-one interview and the screening process. 

      1. Criminal History Record Check & Fingerprinting 
      2. References: current or past employers, co-workers, friend, neighbor, spouse or spousal equivalent (must be a family member if you do not have a spouse or spousal equivalent)
      3. Information from another BBBS agency or youth-serving organization where you may have volunteered previously
      4. Current certificate of insurance (community-based Bigs only)
      5. Home Visit & Assessment (community-based Bigs only)

  4. If approved as a Volunteer Big, you will complete your pre-match training either on-line or in person. 
  5. Meet your Little! 

 BBBS reserves the right to accept or deny participants or to close a match at any time. Potential volunteers will be disqualified for the following: 

  • Failure to complete application and screening process
  • Past history of sexual abuse of children
  • Conviction of any crime involving children
  • History of any sexually explotive behavior
  • Termination from a paid or volunteer position caused by misconduct with a child

Thank you for considering this commitment of your time and talents.  If you would like to continue on and complete your application to be a Big, please continue below.