what Mentoring is all about? This page will give you an idea about what it
means to be a Mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Mentoring is being a friend to a child or
yet so powerful! Providing friendship, gentle guidance and support to a child
or youth can make a big difference.
Mentoring is a commitment.
you have committed to a short term program or a longer term match, it is
important to follow through on your commitment. Experience shows that if a
match ends prematurely, or if there is not a formal ‘closure’ to the match,
there can be a negative impact on the child or youth. But we know that lives
change! In cases where matches must end early, Mentors work with their Service
Delivery Staff to ensure a smooth transition for everyone.
Mentoring is a partnership.
are not alone! Quite the opposite, Mentoring is a partnership between the Mentor,
the child, Service Delivery Staff and the parent or guardian. For school-based
programs, the parent or guardian may be less involved, but there is a school
liaison to help things go smoothly. Each person plays an active and important
role in building a meaningful friendship!
Mentoring involves trust.
strong Mentoring relationship starts with the development of trust between the Mentor
and the child. As you can imagine, learning to trust, especially for children
and youth who may have been let down in the past, can take time. Mentors who
build trust gradually often find that they are able to provide support and
guidance in ways they never expected at the beginning of the relationship!
Mentoring comes with responsibilities.
is largely a fun and easy experience, it also comes with certain important
responsibilities. As you continue to read you will be provided with information
regarding Mentor requirements and responsibilities.
Mentoring is diverse.
are different Mentoring options to suit different interests and life
situations. Learn more about the different Mentoring opportunities below.
Mentoring is inexpensive.
think that Mentoring costs a lot of money, but this couldn’t be further from
the truth! Big Brothers Big Sisters encourages no-cost and low-cost activities
such as baking cookies, playing basketball, picnics, etc.
Mentoring is not time consuming.
busy schedule? No problem! While some programs encourage a commitment of a few
hours per week, you can be a Mentor with a commitment of just one hour per
Mentoring is fun!
really pretty simple – be a reliable, trusting, caring, fun and positive friend
to your Mentee, and let the good times roll!
Mentoring is rewarding.
a lot about how Mentoring helps children and youth, but what’s in it for you?
Lots! Here are just a few of the many benefits that you can get from Mentoring
with Big Brothers Big Sisters:
- Develop a long lasting
- Get a sense of personal
fulfillment from helping a child or youth
- Contribute positively to a
child’s development and self-esteem
- Build up your self-confidence
- Feel more involved in the
- Make new contacts with
volunteers and agency staff
- Feel young again!