What if every child fulfilled his or her potential? Think how amazing that would be. Now, you can start more Littles on the path to a BIG future!
If you would like to sign up a child to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister click link below.
VOLUNTEERING IS FUN, GETTING STARTED IS EASY! HERE’S HOW…
Go to www.bbbsofnela.org & click “VOLUNTEER” at the top of the page. Review the information on the volunteer page. You may click “Be a Big Brother” or “Be a Big Sister” for more specific information. When ready, select “Click Here to Complete Volunteer Application.” This will take you to the BBBS of America interest page. Please enter your zip code and complete your personal information. Click “Submit.” Your application will be reviewed by a member of our staff, and you will be contacted by email from The Learning Exchange welcoming you to BBBS and providing login information & instructions for required online training
Second, Get Trained.
All volunteers are required to complete mandatory online training where you’ll learn about the typical match life cycle as well as information that will be important during your match. Please complete assigned trainings within 15 days. Upon completion, please contact BBBS at 318.323.9034 to schedule your in person interview.
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 an in-depth personal interview that allows us to learn more about you and help us make the best match possible. The Littles and their families go through the same process. Please be prepared to provide valid government issued photo ID at the time of your interview. Also, at the time of your interview, you will be asked to fill out paperwork to begin your background check and to provide 4 references.
Fourth, Get matched.
After all enrollment steps are completed and approved, you will be introduced to a potential match. Your BBBS Match Specialist will schedule a Match Meeting where you’ll have the opportunity to meet with the child & his or her Parent/Guardian. If all parties agree, the match becomes official and ready for fun! During this time you’ll have the opportunity to discuss the guidelines for the match and plan your first visit. If you have any concerns along the way, your Match Specialist will be there to help! To ensure safety for you and your Little, contact with your Match Specialist (called match support) is required in specific intervals. Additional trainings will also be offered after your match has started.
Think you want to be a Big Brother?
Think you want to be a Big Sister?
Volunteering just a few hours a month with a child can start something amazing. So why not apply to be a Big today? We have kids ready to get started. Are you? Thank you for your interest in becoming a Big!