Be A Big

Change A Life

By becoming a Big at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, you could help change the future of a kid – and probably change yours too! Mentoring a kid on a one-to-one basis is one of the most impactful volunteer experiences you can have. Our volunteers constantly tell us that “they got more than they gave.” Studies find that kids matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister are more confident, more likely to steer clear of drugs and alcohol, do better in school, get along better with their family and friends, and feel better about themselves. You may feel as if you do not qualify to be a role model, but everyone is life-qualified to listen, share, and do fun things. If you become a consistent, genuine and trusted Big, your impact will go far beyond what you expect.

Change A Life

By becoming a Big at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, you could help change the future of a kid – and probably change yours too! Mentoring a kid on a one-to-one basis is one of the most impactful volunteer experiences you can have. Our volunteers constantly tell us that “they got more than they gave.” Studies find that kids matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister are more confident, more likely to steer clear of drugs and alcohol, do better in school, get along better with their family and friends, and feel better about themselves. You may feel as if you do not qualify to be a role model, but everyone is life-qualified to listen, share, and do fun things. If you become a consistent, genuine and trusted Big, your impact will go far beyond what you expect.

Our Programs

Our community-based mentoring program matches responsible adults with under-resourced kids from the community, providing the youth with an additional role model. The Big and Little meet together two to four times a month and spend quality time with one another. The minimum volunteer commitment is one year. It is up to the matches to decide where they will meet and what they will do, but we encourage them to engage in meaningful one-to-one activities. As with all programs Bigs receive on-going support from our staff to help you along the way.

Throughout the academic year, Littles in the site-based mentoring program will meet with their Big weekly. Site-based programs take place in 15 different Elementary Schools across the state and generally meet in the after-school hours for one hour on a designated weekday. Bigs and Littles may work on schoolwork, play games, or participate in a planned activity together.

mentor2.0 is a technology-enhanced mentoring program focused on supporting high school students in preparing for college and/or career. Mentors work with their Mentees on goal setting, being resilient, staying on-track in high school, and preparing for college or life after graduation. Mentors in this program generally make a longer commitment to their Mentee and have a college degree.

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What It Takes To Be A Big

Bigs come in all shapes and sizes and ages! The most important part of being a Big is to be caring and consistent. We ask Bigs to commit to their Little for at least 12 months. We provide an orientation and training before you are matched with a Little – and then continue to provide on-going support and training along the way. From there – you just do what you already love to do – but with your Little. Or maybe try new things together. In a few hours a week you can truly ignite potential in a young person.

How To Become A Big

Step 1

Complete orientation.

Being a Big is a great experience for volunteers, but it’s also a commitment. Our orientation walks you through the expectations of being a Big.

Step 2

Complete Application.

Links to our form – Please be sure to fill out both forms – that way there is less to fill out later

Step 3

Complete Interview.

After we receive your application we will send you a link that lets you select the best time for you to complete your interview at one of our offices. If you prefer to meet somewhere closer to your community just let our enrollment staff know. The interview takes about 1.5 – 2 hours to complete.

Step 4

Complete Online Training.

After you have completed the interview our staff will send you a link to an 8-module online training, this gives you some good tips on working with kids, setting boundaries etc. We may have other in-person or on-line training that occurs later in the match due to your Little’s situation.

Step 5

Assessment.

While you are completing your training, our enrollment staff will be working to complete your reference checks and background checks.

Step 6

Meet your little!

Our staff will schedule a time for you to meet your Little and Family or School Staff.