Take A Big Step

Have you ever thought of yourself as a mentor? The majority of the Bigs in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program didn’t either, but they are changing the lives of kids in Colorado every single day. By just being a consistent, genuine, trusted friend, YOU too can make an impact beyond your imagination.

Mentor2.0
Mentor2.0

Mentor2.0 matches students at three Denver metropolitan area schools, Sheridan High School, Englewood High School, and Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS), with college-educated mentors and provides them with the support and guidance they need to graduate high school and succeed in college and the workforce. Mentor/mentee matches get to know each other through an innovative combination of weekly online messages (via a secure web-based platform) and monthly group meetings at the high school that Mentor2.0 organizes and hosts.

Our Pikes Peak office in Colorado Springs also offers the mentor2.0 program, partnering with Atlas Preparatory High School. You have the power to make a BIG difference in a young teen’s future.

For Men and Women in the Pikes Peak region:  If you live in or near the Colorado Springs area and have the desire to volunteer as a mentor to a high school student for the 2018-2019 school year, please fill out an online application here. Click “Start a New Mentor Application” to begin and please make sure to select Colorado Springs.

For Men and Women in the Denver metro area: If you would like to be considered for the 2018-2019 school year please fill out an inquiry here.

 

“Bigs are a little bit like a friend—but mostly like family.” – Little Sister Araya about her Big Sister

Sports Buddies
Sports Buddies

The Sports Buddies Mentoring Program provides an interactive mentoring program for boys who might otherwise have to be turned away or wait months to be matched with a mentor because of the high need for more male volunteers. In addition, the program provides unique opportunities for children to experience participatory and spectator sports. Many of these children do not have an opportunity to join sports teams or to otherwise participate in the wide variety of athletics available to them through Sports Buddies.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ plan and schedule events lasting 3-4 hours, provide structure, and monitoring during activities including monitoring and supporting the development of each mentoring relationship.

 

Sports Buddies Volunteer requirements

21 and older
commit to a minimum of 6 months after being matched
attend volunteer orientation
complete in-person interview
pass a background checks and required references

 

For Men: Click here to fill out a volunteer application.

“Bigs are a little bit like a friend—but mostly like family.” – Little Sister Araya about her Big Sister

Community Mentoring
Community Mentoring

Big Brothers Big Sisters Community-based mentoring program matches children 9- to 13-year-old children in a new match who desire a match with a Big Brother or Big Sister. Mentors are expected to commit to meet with their mentee for a minimum of one year. Throughout the mentoring relationship, BBBS program staff monitor the matches and provide support to mentors. Typically, mentees and mentors meet two to four times each month and meeting at least last 2-4 hours.   The mentoring relationship is designed to provide a sense of safety and security, emotional support, build social skills, set goals,  build positive relationships, improve self-confidence, academic achievement, and future aspirations.

 

Community requirements
21 and older
commit to a minimum of one year after being matched
attend volunteer orientation
complete in-person interview
pass a background checks and required references
have a vehicle, current driver’s license and proof of auto insurance

 

Current openings

For Men and Women: now accepting applicants

Click here to fill out a volunteer application.

88% of children maintained or improved their grades in math, language arts, science and/or social studies

Steps to Becoming a Big

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Step #1 –Apply
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Complete the online application and a staff member will contact you to discuss eligibility.

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Step #2 – Orientation
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Once eligibility has been determined, we will invite you to come learn about us , we’ll provide further information about the program about how we match you, the children we serve and all the rules and regulations during an orientation.

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Step #3 – Interview
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We want to know more about you. You’ll be asked to come into our office for a thorough interview with a staff member in person. During that time, we will also start the background process.

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Step #4 – Approval Process
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After the interview process is complete, BBBS staff will contact you regarding whether you are approved for the program or not.

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Step #5 – Matching
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If approved, we’ll begin the process of finding the best little for you. Once we’ve found a good match, we’ll contact you to see if you think it’s a good fit.

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Step #6 – Introductions
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Congratulations! It’s time to meet your little and your Program Specialist.

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Step #7 – Match support
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Don’t worry, we’re still here for you!! We will check in monthly to make sure the relationship is developing on course.