Mentor A Military Child in San Diego

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County

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Mary Fay BB/BS

Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County’s Operation Bigs is a one-to-one mentoring program for military children ages 7-14, the first of its kind in the nation. Mentoring provides an extra layer of support to local military families whose lifestyle often presents many challenges for children and families.

The military children often face frequent relocations, separation from extended family, school transitions, and increased responsibility coupled with a sense of loss when a parent deploys. The individual attention that the mentors provide in this program makes a huge difference in supporting our youngest service members. Youth enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters improve in school and in relationships with their peers and parents. The need for caring, committed mentors to support the children of those who defend our country remains urgent. Our focus is for the match to develop a one-to-one friendship and for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters to provide the children with positive role models and mentors.

Operation Bigs provides mentors to children of military families through our school-based program. Volunteers meet with their Little Brothers or Little Sisters for one hour one day a week (times and dates are the same every week) at the child's school. During that hour the volunteer and child play games, sports, and do other fun activities together, while building a friendship. The support and encouragement these children receive help them cope with the challenges military families face.

As a volunteer you can choose a site and time below that suits your schedule:

San Diego:

Tierrasanta: Mondays 2:15-3:15 p.m.
Point Loma: Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Coronado: Tuesdays 1:00-2:00 p.m. or 1:40-2:40 p.m.
Tierrasanta: Thursdays 12:20-1:20 p.m.

Contact the San Diego Operation Bigs Hotline: 858-746-9169 or

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and able to commit to the program for one calendar year. We are currently recruiting civilian, retired, & active military adult volunteersyear - come join us! It's a great way to make a difference in a child's life while having fun at the same time!

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About Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County


4305 University Avenue, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92105, US

Mission Statement

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better. The Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County Vision is for all children to achieve success in life.


For more than 100 years nationally and 50 locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers ("Bigs") and children ("Littles"), ages 7 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.


We'll work with your schedule.


4305 University AveSuite 300San Diego, CA 92105






  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • 1 hour, 1 day a week, for a minimum of 1 year
  • In-person interview, references check

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