Become a Mentor - Volunteer in a "Big" way!

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ORGANIZATION: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area


One-to-one mentoring only takes a few hours, a few times a month. By simply changing their perspective of what the world has to offer, you can start changing lives! It can be as simple as playing video games, going to their soccer game or just hanging out together. With over 400 youth on our waitlist, volunteers are needed across every Bay Area county. Volunteers must be 21 and over.

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Many of our kids are from single-parent homes or live with a non-parent caregiver. Many live below the poverty level, with caregivers struggling to be an active presence while providing financial necessities for their family. Exposed to greater adversity such as elements of gang activity, substance abuse, and crime, they have the potential for greatness but need a special role model and friend they can trust. We are a lifeline for these kids, by providing a special match to help them realize their potential.

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About Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area


1230 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612, US

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Providing a child with a Big Brother or Big Sister - someone they can look up to, explore the world with, put their trust in - can be life-changing. Just by spending one-on-one time with a special friend who offers new experiences and new choices, a child learns more about the world and their own place in it. From the moment they are matched with a mentor a door is opened, and the future is full of possibilities. With your help, we can open that door for hundreds more kids in the Bay Area.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area is an mentoring organization that matches adult and high school volunteers with children from age six to sixteen.. Volunteers (called Big Brothers and Big Sisters) serve as positive role models and friends to the children with whom they are matched (called Little Brothers and Little Sisters). As a result of having a caring adult Big in their lives, our Littles are better equipped to communicate with adults and peers, make healthy choices, and achieve academically. Bigs find that spending time with their Littles is a fun way to make a big difference.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area Program Descriptions

The Community-based Mentoring Program is the cornerstone program of Big Brothers Big Sisters and has been refined over a hundred year history. In this program, we match one youth, or "Little", with one carefully screened adult mentor, or "Big". The Big, the Little, and the child's parent/guardian make a minimum one year commitment to the relationship. The matches meet at least twice a month; there are no mandated activities, as it is the level of connection formed between youth and mentor - rather than what they do together - that is the most significant factor in cultivating positive outcomes. We provide ongoing training and professional support to all volunteers, contributing to healthy, lasting relationships.


Children & Youth
Emergency & Safety
Justice & Legal
Children & Youth, Emergency & Safety, Justice & Legal


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Multiple locations Antioch, CA 94509






  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • The kids enrolled in our program are in need of consistent, reliable adults in their lives. Due to the need, our minimum commitment is 1 year, with 2 in person visits per month. The visits are based on your and your Little Brother/Sister's schedule!

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