To help you decide if mentoring is right for you, evaluate yourself against the following characteristics of a successful mentor.

  • 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 Little Sister or Brother
  • I am willing to commit for up to one year
  • I am 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 the are very different from my own
  • I am comfortable with the idea of communicating openly with the child’s parent or guardian and the Big Brothers Bi Sisters mentoring coordinator
  • 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 a child or youth during outings