MENTOR WITH US

Our focus is to safely and effectively pair ONE volunteer (also known as Bigs) with ONE youth (we call them Littles) in one of our mentoring programs. Each mentoring relationship (match) is monitored and supported to ensure long and enduring, positive and meaningful bonds are formed that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of the youth served, their families, the mentor, and generations to follow.

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OUR PROGRAMS

COMMUNITY-BASED MENTORING

• For volunteer mentors (age 21+) and youth who enroll from ages 6 to 15.

• Matches are made using multiple variables with measurable goals and objectives.

• Matches spend 2 to 4 hours, 2 to 4 times a month for one year and are supported regularly by trained staff.

• Matches can stay together till the Little is 21…many last a lifetime.

FOSTER YOUTH MENTORING

• Bigs match with Littles living in group, kinship, or foster homes.

• Focus is on developing trust and providing foster youth with the life skills and emotional support needed to successfully transition into independent living.

• Bigs make a one year commitment to meet consistently.

YOUTH EQUITY AND SUCCESS 

• Serves youth ages 12-18 in early probation.

• Youth are low to medium risk to re-offend, and have lower level citations.

• By providing crisis stabilization, resource referral, and a strong, one-to-one mentoring model, BBSVC gives youth the tools they need to direct their lives down a positive path.

LGBTQ MENTOR PROGRAM

No matter your Little’s identity, it’s important that BBSVC mentors role model the strengths of inclusiveness. Your Little may identify as straight and cisgender, or they may choose to come out to you during the lifetime of your mentoring match. Being open-minded is an important responsibility regardless of how your Little identifies: it is important to actively model tolerance and understanding.

SITE BASED MENTORING

• Weekly activities focus on S.T.E.A.M, enrichment, and relationship building.

• Sessions include one-on-one activities that build character, include outside speakers, and promote fun.

• Financial Literacy training provides sessions on budgeting, utilizing credit cards and scams, and planning for college expenses.

GEN2GEN

“Generation to Generation” is a mentor program highlighting how adults over 50 can help young people thrive and grow. It’s an opportunity to unite all ages to create a better future. BBSVC highlights opportunities for older adults to make a difference in the lives of young people, and demonstrate impact through sharing inspirational stories and best practices…and, of course, shared interests and hobbies!

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!