Become a Big | Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho
A Little and a Big standing together

Become a Big

A child cannot dream or aspire to something if they don’t know that it exists. Through their Big’s eyes, our Littles see that life can offer so many other possibilities.

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A Little and a Big standing together

Mentorship Opportunities

We offer 2 types of mentorship programs: School-site and community based. Each program is based on a one year commitment and involves a one-on-one relationship between Big and Little.

Community-based mentoring

  • Bigs pick up Littles from their home and do fun activities in the community together
  • Bigs and Littles get together for several hours 2-3 times per month
  • Meetup times are flexible. Bigs and parents or guardians develop a schedule that fits their needs
  • Together you can go to a museum, attend a community event, go to the park or just hang out and talk

School-site mentoring

  • Bigs meet their Littles at their school and do fun activities in a classroom or on the playground
  • Bigs and Littles meet for 45 minutes every week
  • Meetup times are at lunch or after school if there is a community center
  • Together you do things at school like play board games, do crafts, throw a football, eat lunch and just make the child feel special

1. Apply

Once you’ve decided you’re ready to be a Big, visit the Application page. Fill out the form with the information requested and we will reach out to you within 24-48 hours.

2. Background Check

As part of our screening process we background check and fingerprint all of our volunteers.

3. In-Person Interview

We require all of our volunteers to participate in an face-to-face interview with an Enrollment Specialist at Big Brothers Big Sisters. During this interview we want to learn about you to match you with your perfect Little.

4. Pre-Match Training

At the time of your interview we schedule you for a face-to-face training with a staff member at Big Brothers Big Sisters. This interactive training will give you all of the information you need to know about being a Big and how we will support you.

5. Get Matched

This is where the magic happens! BBBS staff makes meaningful matches through a thoughtful and comprehensive process.

6. Start Your New Friendship

After a facilitated first meeting between you and your Little, your match has begun. We are always here to support the incredible journey between you and your new best friend.

Once you’ve decided you’re ready to be a Big, visit the Application page. Fill out the form with the information requested and we will reach out to you within 24-48 hours.

As part of our screening process we background check and fingerprint all of our volunteers.

We require all of our volunteers to participate in an face-to-face interview with an Enrollment Specialist at Big Brothers Big Sisters. During this interview we want to learn about you to match you with your perfect Little.

At the time of your interview we schedule you for a face-to-face training with a staff member at Big Brothers Big Sisters. This interactive training will give you all of the information you need to know about being a Big and how we will support you.

This is where the magic happens! BBBS staff makes meaningful matches through a thoughtful and comprehensive process.

After a facilitated first meeting between you and your Little, your match has begun. We are always here to support the incredible journey between you and your new best friend.

Still questioning becoming a big?

Becoming a mentor is a big decision but we have lots of resources and support to help.

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