Choosing a Program

There are many ways to mentor! For us, the objectives of being a mentor are:

1) To provide a positive adult role model to a child, and

2) To provide a consistent, supportive friend to a child through sharing in simple, fun activities. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC has three main programs to fit different needs and schedules: 

Community-Based Program  

In this program, volunteers ages 18 and older are matched with children from single-parent families. “Bigs” schedule activities with their “Littles” at a minimum of two times each month. Activities should last between 2 and 4 hours.  

This program is our most established and traditional mentoring option—it provides ample latitude for matches to engage in a variety of simple, fun activities to meet their individual interests.

 Volunteers must be willing to make an initial one year commitment and must have reliable transportation as it is their responsibility to coordinate outings. 

School-Based Program 

In this program, volunteers ages 16 and older are paired with elementary age youth for fun activities one hour each week at the child’s school.

Mentors will have the opportunity to interact with the youth in a variety of ways to encourage growth in academic performance, social skills and self-confidence.

Mentors commit for one calendar year.

After-School Mentoring

In this program, volunteers ages 16 and older offer consistency, encouragement, and role modeling for their “Little” through engaging in fun activities at the child’s after-school program site.

Mentors will have the opportunity to interact with the youth in a variety of ways to encourage growth in academic performance, social skills and self-confidence.

Volunteers commit to one hour per week for one calendar year.