At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska, we invest in meaningful interactions with youth to help them ignite and harness their own potential - the potential that they have had all along. We’re always looking for community members to go Big and join our team of mentors.


There are 196 youth on our wait list statewide: 124 in Anchorage, 43 in Fairbanks, 20 in Mat-Su and 9 in Juneau.

More than 70% of our youth waiting for a Big are boys, but only 3 out of every 10 inquiries to volunteer come from men. Local and national research shows that having a positive influence can make a real difference in a young person’s life.

Minimum eligibility requirements:
Volunteers must make a minimum 12-month commitment.
Volunteers must agree to meet the required time commitment of their selected program.



Show up and be you.
We work hard to pair Littles with Bigs who will make a great match. You have common ground right from the start. And then all you have to do is explore and learn together, over just a few hours a month for a year. Play sports together. Go on a hike. Read books. Eat a pizza with extra anchovies. Or just give some advice and inspiration. Whatever it is you enjoy, odds are you’ll enjoy them even more with your Little—and you’ll be making a life-changing impact.

Lean on us.
You won't have all the answers. But you will have support. Your Match Support Specialist will guide you through rough spots or offer ideas for building the relationship with your Little. We offer plenty of activities and tickets to events, so you'll always have something to do with your Little!

Make a change.
When you befriend a little, you change lives - starting with your own. As a Big you help not just a child, but an entire family and the benefits ripple out through our community.

Steps to Becoming a Big

Step 1


Inquire online or over the phone.

Step 2


Get basic program information from a staff member.

Step 3


Schedule an in-person interview and complete application paperwork.

Step 4


Meet with an Enrollment and Match Specialist for your in-person interview and submit application paperwork.

Step 5


Staff reviews your application, and completes your references and background check.

Step 6


Complete pre-match training.

Step 7


Meet your Little and their family! You’ll review goals with your Match Support Specialist, take a picture, and plan your first outing!

Are you ready to become a Big? Fill out an online interest form. Once submitted, a Big Brothers Big Sisters’ staff member will contact you shortly to complete the full application process.

Questions? Please contact us at [email protected] or call 907.433.4600