Steps To Become a MentorU Big
Talk to BBBS staff
about being a Big.
Complete the volunteer application.
Complete an Information Session
& Mentor Training.
Complete a home interview to help us get to know you and who would make a good Little for you.
Hear all about your Little from the MentorU Program Coordinator.
Meet your Little and connect with them online for the first time.
- Weekly online communication.
- 2.5 hours total per month.
- 7 to 9 in-person meetings (1.5 hours per meeting)
- Commit to the program for two school years
- Must be a high school graduate or have a GED.
- Must be at least 19 years of age.
- Must have a valid driver's license and car insurance.
- Complete a background and reference check.
We value diversity, and no person will be denied equal opportunity to volunteer
because of race, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
WHAT IS MentorU?
MentorU provides screened and trained volunteer mentors to high school youth enrolled in an academic enrichment class intended to keep students on track for graduation and success.
To help high school students develop personal, academic and career skills.
MentorU VS COMMUNITY-BASED MENTORING
There are very distinct differences between MentorU and Community-Based Mentoring
that allow you to choose which program works best for you.
- High school students are matched with mentors like you
- Mentoring primarily takes place online
- Respond to weekly prompts with your Little
- Meet your Little 7 to 9 times throughout the year
- Commit to 2.5 hours a month
- Youth ages 7 to 14 are matched with mentors like you
- Mentors pick their Littles up at their home
- They spend time together doing activities they both
- enjoy in the community
- Meet your Little at least 2 times a month
- Commit to at least 4 hours per month
HOW DOES MentorU WORK?
Students attend a weekly class sessions led by the MentorU Program Coordinator to learn the week’s curriculum.
Mentors respond to weekly messages from students with prompts based on that week's topics.
Students and mentors meet 7 - 9 times in a school year to work through interactive activities.
Each match is supported by the Big Brothers Big Sisters MentorU Program Coordinator to provide coaching, resources and guidance throughout the duration of the match.
Our evidence is based on three measurable outcome areas: academic achievement,
social-emotional skill and avoidance of risky behavior.
MentorU Program Coordinator