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 a 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 they 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 Big 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

If you are confident that you would make a good Big Brother or Big Sister, after reviewing the above statements, please feel free to fill out an online application or contact us and we can mail one out to you. For further information about the programs, please visit the ‘Our programs’ section under the ‘What we do’ tab.