Within every child lies the potential for greatness. We believe that all youth should have the opportunity to succeed in life and live up to their full potential. Some kids need someone to help them along that path.

 

BIGS NEEDED

Now more than ever, our children and their parents need emotional and social support. While working remotely to observe safe physical-distancing, our team continues to provide the support and resources necessary to keep our youth connected during these difficult times. We use innovative tools to conduct virtual interviews so we can match youth with their Big Brother or Big Sister.

There are 172 youth on our wait list statewide: 111 in Anchorage, 27 in Fairbanks, 28 in Mat-Su and 6 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.

 

VOLUNTEERING IS FUN, BIG TIME.

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!

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, fill out our online interest form. Once submitted, an Enrollment Specialist will contact you so further steps can be taken to get you a little brother or sister. On behalf of the more than 196 Ready-to-be-Matched youth on our wait list – Thank You for your interest.

Questions? Please contact us at info@bbbsak.org or call 907.433.4600