TRADITIONAL
MENTORING

  • ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • HOW IT WORKS
  • Meet Our Matches

TRADITIONAL MENTORING

An adult volunteer mentors a child between the ages of 6 and 16, spending one-on-one time together twice a month. Through activities like playing ball, catching up over lunch and going to the park, life-changing friendships are built. Having the friendship and support of a mentor opens a child’s eyes to new possibilities.

ORIENTATION

Get to know us by attending an info session

INTERVIEW

Meet with a member of our team and answer some question so we can get to know you.

GET MATCHED

Once your application is approved, you’ll meet your Little for the first time at our office.

MENTOR

Hang out twice a month for a few hours. Your friendship can ignite their potential!

A Message from a Graduate

Just four years ago, Andrew and I had our first outing. We went to play basketball and he took me to South Coast Plaza to buy a tie because the very next day, I had freshman orientation. It’s crazy to think that four years have gone by so fast. Andrew has been an absolutely amazing leader to me and he’s shown me what it means to be an amazing person—on the court and off the court.

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2020 Big Brother of the Year

As a quiet child, Zahir had always struggled to communicate with his parents and teachers. But it became much worse after his father died when Zahir was just seven years old. Zahir’s grades dropped, he became fearful of new experiences, and he started isolating himself from his family.

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2020 Big Sister of the Year

Growing up in an unstable home environment, Heather had a difficult time envisioning a brighter future for herself. Bonny was matched with Heather during a crucial time in her life—when she was about to start high school. At the time she was also struggling with family issues, school, and just being happy with herself.

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VOLUNTEER CHECKLIST

  • Be 18 years of age or older

  • Pass a background check

  • Have a valid CA drivers license, insurance and vehicle

  • Commit to at least one year in the program

  • Big Couples must meet all of the above requirements and be in a relationship of 2+ years.

JOIN US

Your first step in becoming a mentor is to sign up for an upcoming volunteer orientation. Orientation sessions last one hour.

If you are unavailable during the volunteer orientation dates offered below, please schedule a 15-minute phone orientation with volunteer relations specialist Tarah Morton by clicking here.