Here’s how becoming a Big works:
Review specific needs and criteria (below) and then let us know you’re interested. Our team will answer your questions and help determine the ideal program for you.
Complete an application. Be ready to share personal info like your Driver’s License and references: child safety is our highest priority so is an in-depth process. There will be a required training and processing fee.
Let us get to know you. This step allows us to make the best quality match possible based on a variety of factors such as distance, interests, and commonalities. This can be a quick process or take quite a few months.
The search begins. Big Brothers Big Sisters will begin to search carefully for the perfect Little for you.
Congratulations! It’s time to meet your match! This will be the start of an epic friendship. We can’t wait to share this moment with you.
Don’t worry, we’re still here for you! Our professionally trained staff will provide training, guidance, and support every step of the way.
Bigs must meet all of the following criteria:
If you answered YES to all of these questions, we encourage you to take the next step to learn more and apply to become a Big!
If you didn’t check off all the boxes above you can still be part of something BIGGER than yourself. It takes more than Bigs to make our matches happen and we need your help!
To create a new Big application with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, start by entering your zip code below:
The online form will show our San Francisco or San Rafael office addresses, depending on your zip code, but we also have program offices in American Canyon, Milpitas, and Oakland. If you complete your application and are selected for an interview, it may be conducted in one of those locations nearest you.
Join us for one of our info sessions to learn more about volunteering options and how you can help at-risk youth in your community to change their lives for the better, forever.
Mentoring is the act of providing guidance and friendship to someone who could use a role model for life’s choices and decisions. Mentoring is proven to help kids reach goals, improve self-esteem and achieve their full potential in life.
It’s simple and deep. An adult volunteer develops a relationship with a young person, offering support and guidance. By spending time together, learning new things and cultivating a friendship, the mentor helps the young person make better life choices.
Big Brothers Big Sisters pioneered youth mentoring in 1904. We are the industry leader in mentoring services to children. An independent national study found kids involved in our mentoring programs were more likely to graduate and stay out of trouble when compared to their peers without mentors. They also found kids improved their school grades and relationships with others.
Additionally, our programs continuously show results, characterized by three data-driven elements that most mentoring programs do not feature: