Your application will be reviewed by a member of our staff and if you meet the minimum qualifications to begin the enrollment process you will be contacted with an invitation to begin Pre-match Training/Volunteer Orientation.
Second, Get trained.
Complete online training and decide whether mentoring with Big Brothers Big Sisters is a good fit for you. Before sending you out with your Little, all volunteers will be asked to complete mandatory training where you’ll learn what to expect in a match, the typical match life cycle, how to handle scenarios that may arise during your match and much more.
Third, Get screened.
Because you’ll be working with children in a one-to-one setting, it’s very important to create a safe environment for both you and the child. Our screening process is very thorough and includes a personal interview that will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. This allows us to learn more about you and helps us determine which children will be the best fit for the longest, strongest match possible. The Littles and their families go through the same process. Please be prepared to provide a valid government issued photo ID at the time of your interview. You will also be asked to complete an authorization for the required background check. Following the personal interview & background check, we will contact the three references you provided on the application.
Fourth, Get matched.
Once all Pre-match requirements have been met, you will be introduced to a child who will best fit your preferences and personality. Your initial meeting with the child is called a Match Meeting where you’ll have the opportunity to meet with your Little, his or her Parent/Guardian and your Case Manager. During this time, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss the guidelines for the match and plan your first outing together. After the Match Meeting you are officially matched and ready for fun! If you have any concerns along the way, your Case Manager will be happy to help you with advice. To ensure that you develop a strong relationship with your Case Manager, we ask that you check-in at least once per month to let him or her know how your match is going. Case managers must complete regular match support contacts in order to keep the match open.
Additional trainings will also be offered after your match has started. Your case manager will keep you up to date on all scheduled trainings.