Think you might be interested in volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters? To help you make your decision, evaluate yourself against the following characteristics of successful mentors.

  • I enjoy spending time with children and youth
  • I have the desire to build a friendship with a child or youth
  • I have time, and am willing to commit to meeting regularly with my mentee
  • I am willing to commit for a up to one year
  • I am a responsible, trustworthy and stable individual
  • I am caring and compassionate
  • I can be energetic
  • I am a good listener
  • I respect the values and beliefs of others, even if they are very different from my own
  • I am comfortable with the idea of communicating openly with the child’s parent or guardian
  • I am comfortable with communicating openly with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area caseworkers
  • I work well in a team
  • I have strong interpersonal communication skills
  • I have strong problem solving skills
  • I am able to set realistic expectations and be prepared for unexpected changes
  • I enjoy some or many of the activities that children and youth enjoy
  • I take my own safety and the safety of others seriously
  • I am comfortable with assuming responsibility for the safety and security of the child or youth during outings

Of course, most people will not answer ‘yes’ to all of the characteristics mentioned above. But if you answered ‘no’ to many of them, it may be worth re-considering whether mentoring with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area is something that is for you. If being a mentor is not right for you, consider becoming an event or admin support volunteer.