Thank you for your interest in our project. We will be happy to see you become one of our volunteers.
A “Big Brothers Big Sisters” volunteer is an important adult who becomes an older friend and a role model for a “Little” and accepts them the way they are. “Bigs” open the door to the big world for “Littles” and give them hope for a happy and successful future.
Research shows that children who stay in the program for longer than a year become more self-confident, sociable and likely to take initiative. Their emotional state gets better and they show more interest in studying. Through our volunteers, we give children what they so much need: support, care, attention, acceptance, and love.
When selecting volunteers, we pay more attention to the personal qualities rather than professional skills and abilities.
The main and obligatory requirements for a potential volunteer are:
- Being at least 18 years old
- Positive mental health
- No criminal record
- Living in an area where the program is active
To become a mentor, you need to go through a few easy but very important steps.
Step 1: Application
Fill out an application form online or call our office. Soon after that we will reply and send you a questionnaire.
Duration: Maximum of 1-2 business days. If there is no reply, the letter is probably lost. Please, contact us once again.
Step 2: Questionnaire
Fill out the questionnaire and send it to us via email.
Duration: Half an hour to fill out the form and 1-2 business days for us to reply.
Step 3: Interview
We will talk to you and perform a psychological assessment. With the assessment’s results, a curator will come up with your psychological portrait. We need it to make sure that we are looking for the right fit for our mentors and mentees.
Duration: The interview lasts about 2 hours, we arrange it on a business day and pick a time that works best for everyone.
Step 4: Documents
To take part in our program you need to obtain the following documents:
– Certificate from the Police Department stating the absence of a criminal record
– Medical Certificate from a psychiatrist stating the absence of any condition that would hinder working with children
– Medical Certificate from a physician stating the absence of infection diseases
– 3 recommendation letters from friends or colleagues
Step 5: Training
Now you need to complete a volunteer training. You can do it without having all your documents from Step 4 ready.
Duration: It’s a 16-hour training that takes a weekend, 10 am to 6 pm each day. Training is held about once in a month so there is a chance that you will need to wait for some time.
Last and most important step
After you complete all the steps above, we find a child that fits your psychological and communication traits (remember that psychological assessment?). Then, we arrange your first meeting with your “Little”.
Duration: If we are already thinking of a good fit for you, you will meet your mentee almost right after you complete the training and obtain all the documents. If not, you’ll need to be patient, maybe even for a few months.
Next you will need to become friends with your “Little”. It might turn out to be much harder than the preparation but you can do it! And remember, our curators are always there to support and help you.