Be a Mentor

Volunteering is Fun and Rewarding!

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most fulfilling and enjoyable things
you will ever do.

It’s easy, too. Your Little can join you for the kinds of activities you already like to
do, such as:

  • Shoot some hoops
  • Play a board game
  • Go to the movies
  • Share a pizza
  • Take a walk in the park
  • Or just hang out together and talk

Just a few hours a month can change a young person’s life.

BBBS provides screening, education as well as guidance and support to ensure that every match is a success. A “Mentor Manager” oversees every match, providing support to both mentor and youth participant.

To be a mentor, one must be 19 years of age or older, participate in an interviewing and application process that includes a national background check, take part in a training, and be willing to commit to at least one year in the development of the match relationship. In addition, the mentor must show competence, availability, tolerance and the ability to provide a safe, healthy environment for the Little Brother or Little Sister in their care.

Depending on the Big Brothers Big Sisters program you’re in, you will meet your Little at his or her school, at the workplace or in the community. Learn more about the many programs that we have.

Little Brothers and Little Sisters come from all kinds of backgrounds. Some are really little (as young as seven) and some are teenagers. Some may live on your block and some a few miles away.
What do they all have in common?

They need the friendship, guidance and support of a positive role model in their lives. They need someone like YOU.

We’re here to help you get started.

Have a question about the process? Don’t worry. Our trained staff will be happy to guide you through the application process. And when it’s time to make a match we’ll help you meet a Little in your area who shares your interests – and we’ll support you all the way. We’ll even give you some great ideas for activities that other Bigs and Littles have enjoyed through the years!

Contact
Marsha Tom, Director
(914) 872-5287 
Email: mtom@fsw.org

Useful links
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America