VOLUNTEER

BE A MENTOR IN VENTURA COUNTY

It’s time to make an impact like never before. Time to be #BiggerTogether. Time to defend a child’s potential. Time to step up for the youth still without a mentor to call their own.

You may already know someone who would make a great mentor: it could be a friend, neighbor, co-worker, or family member. But most importantly, it could be you. You have a story to share and guidance to give. You can show a Little the true reach of their potential. You just need to give a few hours each month.

It’s time to sign up and make a difference in someone’s life. This might just be the spark a Little needs to believe in themselves.

It’s time. Become a Big today.

Serving youth and their families in:
Agoura Hills | Calabasas
Camarillo | Fillmore | Moorpark
Newbury Park | Oak Park
Oak View | Ojai | Oxnard | Piru
Port Hueneme | Santa Paula
Simi Valley | Thousand Oaks
Ventura | Westlake Village

SUBMIT AN INTEREST FORM

or call our Ventura County main office at 805.484.2282

INQUIRE

Get to know BBSVC by connecting with us, submitting an application and agreeing to a background check

INTERVIEW

Meet with a member of our team and answer some questions so we can have a 360° view of who you are

GET MATCHED

Attend a training chocked full of info to help navigate the world of mentoring…then you’ll meet your Little

MENTOR

Hang out 2-4 times a month for a few hours and keep in contact with your Match Support Specialist

YOUR QUESTIONSANSWERED

Our Bigs come from diverse backgrounds just like our Littles. They are regular people, just like you. You don’t need any special degrees or job skills. You just have to want to positively impact a young person. Role models come in all shapes and sizes, and you could be a perfect fit!

As a Big/Little team, you decide together what you want to do and then your Little gets parent approval. We recommend that you keep a consistent schedule of outings and get together on a regular basis. Your local Match Support Specialist will provide more guidance on this. Until your relationship is established the outings will also depend on the comfort level of your Little’s parents, your Little and you.

The quality of time invested with your Little is more important than the amount of money you spend. That’s why we don’t encourage spending a lot of money on your outings. The goal of the relationship is to help them see the world through a different lens so you can inspire them to become something he never thought possible. If you are going to spend money, we encourage you to seek out low-cost activities, especially in the beginning. Shoot hoops at a local park, play a game together, or share that pizza that you were going to have for lunch anyway. BBSVC offers donor-supported group activities that are a great way to meet other Bigs and Littles. As a Big, you may also receive notices for free tickets to cultural and sports activities for you both to enjoy.

In the beginning it’s important for you and your Little to get to know each other. This can happen best on a one-to-one basis. However, over time it’s also valuable for your Little to get to know the people who are important to you. Just keep in mind that if you’re spending lots of time with others, your Little may begin to feel jealous or neglected. The main focus is the friendship you develop with your Little and the impact you have on their life.

Once you are matched with your Little, a Match Support Specialist from the agency will be in regular contact with you to provide assistance and give feedback. Any time you are unsure about what to do or how to handle a situation, you will have a Match Support Specialist there to help. They’ll help you with ideas for activities, guidance for handling possible difficult situations, and feedback on how you are making a difference.

No, Littles have a parent or guardian in their life already. What they need is a Big to spend quality, one-on-one time with them. Someone to have fun with, someone they can confide in, someone like you!