(for male-identifying/gender-fluid/non-binary adult volunteers)
As a Big Brother, you’ll be matched with a “Little Brother” in your area who needs a positive male influence. With this volunteer opportunity, you’ll spend 2 – 4 hours with your “Little” once a week – hike, bike, or just hang out. In some areas of the Lower Mainland, children are waiting upwards of 2-3 years for a mentor like yourself, there’s never been a better time to get involved.
What we do today makes a difference tomorrow. 2+ hours each week volunteer opportunity is all it takes to become a Big Brother. Become a kid again by doing a variety of fun activities and games with a Little Brother, aged 7 – 14.
The Big Brothers Mentoring program provides boys with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, a friendship is developed between the Big and Little Brother, that is built on trust, and common interests and values. Furthermore, the result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee. Most importantly, you don’t need to be a superhero or have a wealth of experience with kids to get involved – consistency and dedication are two of the most important qualities we look for in our volunteers.
All it takes is 2-4 hours each week and a minimum one-year commitment to the program. Develop new skills, try out new activities, and be a role model. We take pride in our matching process, so our ideal is to match you with a child or youth who lives close and shares a similar personality and interests. Some of the activities Big and Little Brothers like do to are:
• Arts and crafts
• Mini golf
• Listening to music
Alternatively, check out our Facebook and Instagram pages (@BigBrothersYVR) which cite the experience of many of our Big Brothers volunteers.
“It’s amazing how easy it can be to volunteer when doing something you enjoy.”
No special skills or previous experience necessary but must be caring and dependable. Must be 18 years or older. However a formal application process is required, and you'll be asked for Criminal Record Check - Vulnerable Sector after your application is complete.
(We welcome gender-diverse couples, including transgender and gender-fluid, and couples of all sexual orientation.)
Couples who are cohabitating, married or living common law who wish to volunteer together can be matched with a mentee through our Big Couples Mentoring Program (an extension of the One-to-One Community Based Mentoring Program). This program is designed for couples who wish to make a difference in the life of a child who needs a mentor and can benefit from an additional friendship in their life.
(for adult volunteers of all genders; offered virtually through Zoom, and in-person at City Centre Library, Strawberry Hill Library in Surrey, Sunset Community Centre in Vancouver and North Burnaby Neighbourhood House)