Volunteer Process

Being a Big Q&A:Phils2016_162

1. Who can be a Big?

Anyone can be a mentor. It is about starting a consistent friendship and inspiring positive change to empower children to believe they can achieve their dreams.
Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Make at least a one-year commitment to the program
  • Meet with your Little Brother/Little Sister at least 2 times a month for 2-4 hours each time (Site-Based is 1 hour a week during the 9-month school year)
  • Possess a valid social security number, driver’s license and current car insurance
  • Have a safe driving record (no DUIs within the past three years; no more than two moving violations in the past year)
  • Never been convicted of a felony
  • No illegal drug use currently or within the last twelve months (this includes marijuana)

2. What types of Programs are there to choose from?

Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County provides one-to-one mentoring through three umbrellas of programming: (1) Community-based Mentoring, (2) Site-based Mentoring, and (3) Workplace-based Mentoring. Across programs, the foundational model remains the same: one child (“Little”) is intentionally “matched” with an adult volunteer (“Big”) in a long-term, professionally supported mentoring relationship.

Please visit our Programs page for more information on our specialized programs and initiatives.

3. I am interested in becoming a Big. What are the next steps?

Attend a one hour Volunteer Info Session at a location near you.

Mid City Volunteer Info Session
Thursday, April 27, 2017
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Price Charities Building
4305 University Ave, Suite 610
San Diego, CA 92105
To Register – CLICK HERE


North County Volunteer Info Session
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
6:00PM – 7:00PM
Cardiff By the Sea Library
2081 Newcastle Ave
Cardiff, CA 92007
To Register – CLICK HERE


Mid City Volunteer Info Session
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Price Charities Building
4305 University Ave, Suite 610
San Diego, CA 92105
To Register – CLICK HERE

4. What happens after the Info Session?

You will be contacted to set up an in-person interview within 2 weeks. Your interview will help our staff better understand your personalities, preferences and interests. We then:

  • Conduct a background + DMV check
  • Contact your references
  • Have professional staff guide you step-by-step

4. When do I get matched with my new Little Brother or Sister?

Once a match is found, and you, the child and parent approve, you will then:

  • Meet your new Little and his/her family with a trained agency staff member
  • Meet your Match Support Specialist
  • Receive ongoing mentor training opportunities
  • Connect to other Big Brothers and Big Sisters in our SD Bigs Family through networking events and match events

Volunteering just a few hours a month with a child can start something amazing. So why not apply to be a Big today. There are kids out there ready to get started. Are you?

Learn more about becoming a Big Brother >
Learn more about becoming a Big Sister >

Still have questions? Please call (858) 536-4900 and one of our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

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