BECOME A MENTOR

We believe that all children should have the opportunity to succeed in life and live up to their full potential. Some kids need someone to help them along that path.

Spend a few hours each week as a mentor to a child and you can make a BIG impact in that child’s life. It’s rewarding and fun!

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COMMUNITY-BASED

The traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters’ program, where Bigs over 21 and Littles, from 6 – 15 get together on their own to share fun activities they both enjoy (Once in the program matches can stay until the little is 21). BBSVC mentoring opportunities are flexible to accommodate a variety of schedules. Volunteers meet with a child for 2-4 hours, 2-4 times a month for a minimum of one year. Consistency and commitment are the cornerstones of our mentoring programs.

FOSTER YOUTH

The Foster Youth Mentoring Program matches volunteers (age 21 and older) with children who are in the foster care system. The purpose of the program is to develop trust, and assist foster youth to reach both goals that will prepare them to leave the system once they reach age 18. Volunteers make a one year commitment to meet weekly with their Little for a minimum of 1-2 hours. Youth are living in group, kinship, and foster homes throughout Ventura County.

PEP: Probation & Early Prevention

Our PEP program serves youth (ages 12-16) in early probation who are considered low to medium risk to reoffend, and have received lower level citations. By providing crisis stabilization, resource referral, and a strong, one-to-one mentoring model, BBSVC gives our 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.

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!

SITE-BASED

Bigs and littles in the Site-Based Programs enjoy activities such as playing on the playground, playing board games, making crafts, or working on homework.  Sessions include one-on-one activities that facilitate character building and relationship development, as well as having fun.  A Big Brothers Big Sisters staff member is on location for all program sessions to facilitate and support matches.

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 him see the world through a different lens so you can inspire him 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. Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies offer donor-supported group activities that are a great way to meet other Bigs and Littles. As a Big Brother, 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!