Before you Apply
Becoming a mentor is a BIG commitment, please consider the follow before applying.
- Ensure that you are comfortable with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor Requirements and Responsibilities.
- See if mentoring is right for you by evaluating yourself using our Self-Assessment Checklist.
BBBS Calgary and Area welcomes and advocates for the presence and contributions of all people regardless of their race, religious beliefs, colour, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, physical and mental disability, age, ancestry or place of origin.
Prejudice, oppression, and discrimination are detrimental to the values and purpose of our community. BBBS Calgary and Area is made up of diverse people, and this diversity enriches the experiences of all staff, volunteers, mentors and mentees. We encourage mentor applications from community members of all ethnic backgrounds, religions and abilities, as well as from LGTBQ-identified volunteers.
The Application and Assessment Process
The application and assessment process can vary from program to program, but the following is a general overview of the process. The volunteer applicant:
- Completes an online application
- Submits a police record check (BBBS Calgary and Area staff can assist you with this)
- Participates in a one-to-one interview with a BBBS Calgary and Area staff member
- Depending on the program, may be asked to participate in an assessment of their home environment
- Successfully completes an orientation and child safety training
- Is notified of their acceptance/non-acceptance
- If accepted as a volunteer mentor, signs an agreement of confidentiality
The Matching Process
Similar to the application and assessment process, the matching process can vary from program to program, but in general:
- The caseworker, now familiar with the volunteer and the children and youth waiting to be matched, discusses a potential match with the volunteer, the child or youth, and, depending on the program, with the family
- The caseworker arranges for a meeting between the child or youth, the volunteer mentor, and often the parent or guardian
- If everyone agrees, the match can begin!