Volunteering is fun, big time.
Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do. Not to mention, one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering them to achieve. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do.
Play sports together. Go on a hike. Read books. Eat a pizza with extra anchovies. Or just give some advice and inspiration. Whatever it is you enjoy, odds are you’ll enjoy them even more with your Little—and you’ll be making a life-changing impact.
Volunteering just a few hours a month with a child can start something amazing. So why not apply to be a Big today. There are kids out there ready to get started. Are you?
Meet up with a child in your community three – four times per month to do things you both enjoy on days and times that are convenient for your schedule. Go to the park, watch a sporting event, grab a pizza, do homework or just give some advice and inspiration - you choose the activity and days!
Meet with your Little Brother or Little Sister at their elementary school for about 45 minutes per week (or at least twice a month) during the child's lunch break and recess time. Youth and mentors spend time playing games, participating in structured activities, working on homework and hanging out on the playground together. Currently, we offer school-based programs in the Everett, Edmonds, and Mukilteo School Districts.
Kids Book Club(s)
Is a type of School-based mentoring program where struggling readers work in a group setting on literacy skills, including reading comprehension, discussion skills, and writing responses to age-appropriate literature. Our Kids Book Club(s) usually meet once a week during the lunch time with 2 adult mentors and a group of 4 – 6 children.
Form a Company-Based Mentoring Program
We can work with you to customize a program where your company employees meet with children in a local school during their lunch time. Be part of something Big.
MentorU leverages the proven power of mentoring for college and career success. This mentoring program partners with a local high school, where the high school students communicate with their mentors through online portals as well as meet up once a month at their high school. MentorU provides screened and trained volunteer mentors for incoming freshmen and sophomores enrolled in an academic enrichment class for students facing academic and personal challenges intended to keep them on track for graduation and success. The mission of MentorU is to help high school students develop personal, academic and career skills.
How do I become a Big?
All volunteer Bigs go through a screening process to help create meaningful, lasting mentoring relationships. The application and enrollment process usually takes 4-8 weeks to complete. Volunteers are matched based on preferences and mutual interests. Once matched, you will have ongoing support throughout your mentoring relationship.