BBSVC’s Youth Mentor Programs

Ignite Potential Through the Power of Mentorship

Youth Mentoring inspires leadership, life and social skills, and personal and professional development. Our volunteer mentors, professional case managers, and youth leaders facilitate and nurture the potential of young people in Ventura County.

Youth who are matched with an individual mentor or who participate in one of BBSVC’s Youth Leadership Councils…

  • Become role models to others
  • Set and achieve goals, both long-term and short-term
  • Create a peer-to-peer support system
  • Transform themselves and the world around them
  • Discover their passions and interests
  • Build community awareness on topics that are important to them
  • Improve their mental health and are better equipped to handle stress, trauma, and crisis (individual or collective)

BBSVC serves children and teens who want and need a mentor in their lives, matching Littles from 8 years of age to volunteer Bigs in a one-to-one, life-changing friendship. Bigs and Littles hang out 2-3 times a month for a few hours doing normal, everyday activities, like going to see a movie, playing games, going out to eat, or just hanging out!

Each match is supported by a dedicated Match Support Specialist who is always there to provide resources and support specific to the Little’s age. With a Big in their life, children and teens in the BBSVC program are empowered to ignite their potential as they grow in their self-esteem, earn better grades, and develop a lifelong friendship with their Big.

What Youth Mentor Program do you want to explore?

Email us at info@bbsvc.org for more information about these opportunities!

Traditional 1-to-1 Youth Mentoring

Mentoring in the Community

Big Brothers Big Sisters matches youth facing adversity one-to-one with a caring mentor. Through these strong and enduring, professionally supported relationships, a child’s potential is ignited. For a few hours twice a month, mentors can ignite a youth’s potential. Sometimes it’s as simple as grabbing lunch, going to a museum, or just taking a walk.

High School Mentor Program

In-person / Site-supervised
High school students mentoring elementary or middle school students; The program follows a weekly curriculum based in S.T.E.A.M. that allows for diverse exploration through enrichment activities, speakers, field trips, and discussions.
 

BBSVC Youth Leadership Council

In-person & Virtual / Site-supervised

A group mentor experience where youth identify community issues and work to affect/improve these issues while building youth empowerment, and discovery. BBSVC’s Leadership Program is run virtually in order to ensure county-wide access by youth, with occasional in-person meetup opportunities.

Peer2Peer

In-person / Supervised Program

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High school students paired with one another to support each other through the high school experience.

Bank of America Professional Mentorship

Virtual and In-person
High school students are matched with representatives from Bank of America’s corporate offices. Together, matches go through assigned curriculum and mentees check in with their mentors on the lesson as well as social/emotional learning. Program will include scheduled, in-person meetups and site visits/field trips.
 

College Mentor Program

Virtual and In-person / Site-Supervised
High school students are matched with college/university students; they spend part of their meetups doing tutoring and also check in with their mentors on the lesson as well as social/emotional learning. Program will include scheduled, in-person meetups and site visits/field trips. 

Ready To Apply as a Volunteer Mentor?

Bigs must be 21 years of age or older, have a valid driver’s license and be willing to commit to a long-term volunteer experience (minimum one-year, however, most friendships last much longer). They must also do the following:

  • Complete the Volunteer Enrollment Process, including application, references, training, and approval
  • Initiate contact with your Little on a consistent basis to schedule activities
  • Meet consistently with your Little for at least 12 months
  • Maintain ongoing communication with the Big Brothers Big Sisters staff

 

Start the application today!

Ready To Apply as a Little/Mentee?

As a parent, you recognize the potential of your child better than anyone. By giving your child the opportunity to be part of Big Brothers Big Sisters, you’re starting them down a path to an even brighter, more promising future. To get more information about enrolling your child with Big Brothers Big Sisters, fill out the form linked here and a staff member will contact you about the next steps in the process.

Enroll a Youth

Please let your child know that you are applying for our mentoring programs! Our first question to you will be if your child is aware.

Ready To Apply as a Youth Leader or Peer Mentor/Mentee?

BBSVC’s Site-Based Mentor Program is a staff-supervised, group model that occurs at the same day and time on a weekly basis, at a common location. Mentors meet with youth at a site familiar to them, which is usually – but not always – a school campus, virtual login, or youth room. BBSVC’s Site-Based Mentor Program often involves an educational or career focus but is not restricted to education, and also includes enrichment opportunities. It is a group dynamic, but also dedicates time to consistent one-to-one match meetups.
You must be able to participate at one of BBSVC’s existing site locations in: Camarillo, Fillmore, Oxnard, Santa Paula, or Simi Valley

Application & Reference Form

Both student and parent/guardian will need to fill out the application. A letter of reference is also required.