Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Mentoring OpportunitiesCommunity-Based Programs:
• Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Big Couples (married), and Big Families: These programs are designed to match children between 5 and 15 years old, with an adult who can serve as a positive role model, giving a child a chance to see their unlimited potential and providing the opportunity to develop into a more responsible, successful, well-rounded individual.
• Outdoor Adventure Program is designed to instill in children a lifelong enthusiasm and respect for hunting, fishing, wildlife and habitat conservation, and landowner appreciation while providing a complete realistic hunting experience. Hunter safety is emphasized.
• Mother Mentor Program is designed to match experienced mothers with new or expectant mothers. The goal of the program is to provide friendship and emotional support as well as relevant educational and parenting information.
• School-Based Mentor Program is designed to help children reach their potential at school but isn’t limited to the classroom. Littles talk with their Bigs about class, do homework or read together. It’s about starting a friendship, providing guidance and inspiring children to succeed.
• Mustang Round-Up is a staff supervised group mentoring program specifically for General Beadle students. It meets on early release Wednesdays at General Beadle and is led by high school student volunteer mentors.
• Campus Kids is a staff supervised group mentoring program specifically for children waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister. It meets once a week on the SD School of Mines & Technology campus and is led by college student volunteer mentors.
Volunteer RequirementsVolunteer Mentors must:
• Be at least 16 years of age for School Mentoring, 18 years of age for Community Mentoring, 21 years of age for Outdoor Adventure Mentoring
• Be able to serve as a positive role model for a child or new mother
• Inform BBBS agency of any misdemeanor or felony charge, arrest, conviction, pardon or any suspended imposition of sentence incurred during the intake process and/or the match – including violations with Game Fish and Parks
• Be willing to spend one hour each week with a child or new mom in a Community Based Program, School Based Program, or Campus Kids
• Be willing to commit to at least 1 year in the agency’s Community Based Programs, 1 school year in the agency’s School Based Program, or 1 semester in Campus Kids
• Be free of drug and alcohol abuse or treatment for 3 years
• Have a valid driver’s license, access to an insured vehicle, and proof of insurance (with the exception of the School Based Program)The Volunteer Mentor enrollment process consists of:
• An office interview
• A home interview (for community-based programs)
• Providing personal references
• Consenting to a police background check (for those 18 years old and older)
• Completing all necessary volunteer training
Along with this application, you will be asked to submit a copy of a government-issued photo ID, as well as your driver’s license (if not used as your government-issued photo ID), and proof of auto-insurance, if you plan to transport a child within the community-based program. All applications will be given equal consideration regardless of race, age, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, religion or national origin.