HOW TO BECOME A MENTOR:

1. You Apply

Please complete the application at the bottom of this page. NOTE: Volunteers must be over the age of 18 and satisfy the requirements for the individual program they wish to volunteer with. Please check the chart below for those requirements.

2. We Process Your Application

The order of the steps in the application and assessment process can vary from agency to agency, but the following is a general overview of the process. You, the volunteer applicant:

  • Completes an application with their local agency
  • Submits a vulnerable sector screen, criminal records check, and three or four references
  • Participates in a one-to-one interview with a staff member at the Big Brothers Big Sisters agency
  • Depending on the program, may be asked to participate in an assessment of their home environment
  • Successfully completes an orientation and child safety training
  • Is notified of their acceptance/non-acceptance
  • If accepted as a volunteer mentor, signs an agreement of confidentiality

3. We Train You

2019 VOLUNTEER TRAINING DATES:

PLEASE R.S.V.P. one week before your session

Thursday, August 15th

Tuesday, August 27th

Thursday, September 12th

Tuesday, September 24th

 All Training from 6:00 to 7:30 PM

more dates T.B.A.

4. We Match You with Your Mentee

Similar to the application and assessment process, the matching process can vary from agency to agency and from program to program, but in general:

  • The caseworker, now familiar with the volunteer and the children and youth waiting to be matched, discusses a potential match with the volunteer, the child or youth, and, depending on the program, with the family
  • The caseworker arranges for a meeting between the child or youth, the volunteer mentor, and often the parent or guardian

If everyone agrees, the match can begin!

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM

  • CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Format: Number Street Unit (if applicable)
  • Cell number is acceptable if no other home phone
  • If applicable
  • If applicable
  • VOLUNTEER PROGRAM / ROLE

    We have many volunteer opportunities! You can apply to volunteer in one of our seven programs as a Mentor, you can become a Fundraising Event Volunteer, or you can apply to become a Board Member. Please note, you can hold more than one volunteer position, depending on your time and commitment level. Please check off all areas you are interested in!
  • First Program Choice
  • Second Program Choice
  • Third Program Choice
  • EDUCATION

  • GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Please check all that apply
  • EXPECTATIONS

  • AGE

    To volunteer at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph, you must be 18 years of age or older.
  • REFERENCES

    ALL APPLICANTS - Please provide contact information for the following references. References MUST: - Have known you for at least 2 years - Be over the age of 18 Note: Depending on your volunteer role, we may not contact all references provided.
  • 1. Character Reference

    This should be someone who can speak to the kind of person you are. They need to know you very well. They should be some kind of friend.
  • Cell number is acceptable if no other home phone
  • Please enter a value greater than or equal to 2.
  • 2. Character Reference

    This should be someone who can speak to the kind of person you are. They need to know you very well. They should be some kind of friend.
  • Cell number is acceptable if no other home phone
  • Please enter a value greater than or equal to 2.
  • 3. Vulnerable Sector Reference *

    This should be someone who has seen you work or volunteer with children in an organization. * If you do not have experience with children, complete number 5 instead (Employment/Volunteer)
  • Cell number is acceptable if no other home phone
  • Please enter a value greater than or equal to 2.
  • 4. Partner Reference *

    This should be someone you are in a stable relationship with who you consider your partner. * If you do not have a partner, please complete number 6 instead (family)
  • Cell number is acceptable if no other home phone
  • Please enter a value greater than or equal to 2.
  • 5. Employment/Volunteer Reference

    This should be an employer or volunteer supervisor. This reference is ONLY for those who do not have experience with children and cannot provide a vulnerable sector reference
  • Cell number is acceptable if no other home phone
  • Please enter a value greater than or equal to 2.
  • 6. Family Reference

    This should be a family member over the age of 18. Parent, Guardian, Aunt, Uncle, Sibling, etc. This reference is ONLY for those who do not have a partner and cannot provide a partner reference
  • Cell number is acceptable if no other home phone
  • Please enter a value greater than or equal to 2.
  • Permission

    The information in this application is true to the best of my knowledge. I hereby waive the right to request disclosure of the personal information given about me by the individuals indicated above.