BE A MENTOR
Kids with a Big Brother or Big Sister are beating the odds!
What is it like to be a Big?
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.
Community Based Program
Community-Based Mentoring Program, Bigs and Littles are paired based on geographic proximity and shared interests. Community-Based matches are encouraged to spend four hours per month (2 hours, twice a month) doing low-cost or free activities that help promote the kind of trusted relationship that helps a young person build self-confidence, think about their future, and, of course, have fun! Many of our Big and Little pairs enjoy playing basketball, walking trails around NWA, or working on crafts together. It is our goal to match based on interests and hobbies of both the Big and the Little.
Site Based Program
Site- Based Mentoring program, Bigs and Littles are paired in a school setting. Most often the Big will meet their little for lunch or for an activity at the Boys and Girls Club. Bigs and Littles typically meet once a week to read together, play sports or computer games, or simply talk about life and personal issues – just as friends do.
HOW DO I BECOME A MENTOR?
2. INTERVIEW +
Bigs and Littles are interviewed to determine personalities, preferences, and interests. We then:
- Conduct a background check
- Contact your references
- Have a professional staff guide you step by step.
3. MAKE A MATCH!
Once we find a match for you, you then:
- Meet your little and their family with a trained agency staff member.
- Receive mentor training.
- Meet your match support specialist.
- Connect with our Big Community.
HOW DO WE MAKE A MATCH?
It is important to us to make this experience the most convenient for you! We always match you and your little based on location preferences. If you prefer to stay close to home we will do our best to match you with a child who is nearby.
It is our goal to make the match you with a Little who has similar interests and hobbies. To make the best possible match, we also take into account things such as preferences, personality, and cultural background. We work hard to make this friendship something that will last a lifetime!