At Big Brothers Big Sisters, you can choose the type of mentor (we call them Bigs) you want to be based on your schedule and availability. It’s important to be realistic about the commitment you can make because once you’ve made it, you cannot let your Little down. Many have already had too much disappointment in their lives.

The chart below shows the four different mentoring opportunities we offer and the commitment they require. You can learn more about our 1:1 mentoring programs here and our group programs here.

Type of MentorTime CommitmentWhere
1:1 in the Community2-4 hours once a week for at least 12 monthsAnywhere in the community that you and your Little agree to go
1:1 Virtual1 hour once a week for at least 12 monthsOver video chat
1:1 in Schools1 hour once a week for the academic year At the Little’s school
Group1 hour once a week for 7 weeks Zoom or at a place in the community

We also have the following non-mentoring volunteer opportunities:

  1. Board of directors (and sub-committees)
  2. Special event committees (such as our gala or golf tournament)
  3. Advisory councils (to help keep us on mission)
  4. Administration (at our office)

To inquire about becoming a non-mentoring volunteer, contact us at or call Laura at 519-438-7065 x 237