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Volunteer Opportunity

Become a Big!

Ignite the power and promise of youth!  Mentoring is one of the best ways to make a

difference in the life of a child. By helping a young person succeed, you are

creating a brighter future for all of us in Spokane County. You will have the

satisfaction of knowing you are helping a child on a path to a positive future.


MENTOR REQUIREMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Before you explore this section, you should know that you

are not alone. You are joining a community of volunteers and staff who are

there to support you. BBBS of the Inland Northwest staff will orient and train

you, and will support you throughout the match with your Little.

To mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland

Northwest, you must:

• Meet the programs minimum age requirement. There is no

upper age limit.

• Provide a satisfactory criminal record check

• Provide three or four satisfactory references

• Respect the confidential nature of our services and sign a

confidentiality agreement

• Complete in-person and online training

• Be able to build a developmental relationship with a child

or youth

• Be trustworthy, energetic, mature, stable, reliable,

accepting, patient, caring and respectful of others

• Be supportive and non-judgmental in your interactions with

children and youth

• Promote the welfare and safety of the child or youth

• Act with integrity

• Be comfortable with the Big Brother Big Sister of the

Inland Northwest’s core values, policies and procedures

WHAT WILL BE EXPECTED OF ME?

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest mentors

will be expected to:

• Commit approximately two to four hours, two to four times

a month (this varies across programs).

• Commit for up to 18 months (some programs encourage

shorter or longer time commitments)

• Ensure the safety and security of the child or youth when

they are together.

• Communicate openly and regularly with the parent/guardian

(for one-to-one community-based matches) or with the school liaisons (for

in-school matches)

• Communicate openly and regularly with the Big Brothers Big

Sisters of the Inland Northwest Match Support Specialist.

• Keep everyone informed of life changes that may impact the

match

• Be consistent and dependable and maintain a steady,

positive presence in the young person’s life

• Be able to form a developmental relationship. Express

care, challenge growth, provide support, share power and expand possibilities

• Involve the child or youth in deciding how to spend time

together

• Listen to and respect the thoughts and viewpoints of the

child or youth, and focus on their strengths

• Have realistic expectations, and be prepared for any

issues that may arise

• Use available resources, including the support and

guidance of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest staff

• Work with their Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland

Northwest Match Support Specialist to properly close the match when the match

ends

WHAT WILL NOT BE EXPECTED OF ME?

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest mentors

will not be expected to:

• Provide basic necessities like food or money

• Organize elaborate or expensive activities

• Act as a substitute for a parent, guardian or teacher

• Act as a tutor

• Take the child or youth to appointments or other personal

activities

• Act as a babysitter for the child or youth or his or her

siblings/friends

• Act as a therapist or social worker

WHAT WILL I HAVE TO AVOID?

Common sense should be used here, but in general, Big

Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest mentors should avoid:

• Criticizing or speaking harshly to the child or youth

• Disciplining the child or youth

• Any action or discussion that does not respect the values

of the family

• Any action or discussion that could in any way be

interpreted as inappropriate

Your Match Support Specialist at Big Brothers Big Sisters of

the Inland Northwest will provide additional information and will guide and

support you in your interactions with your mentee.

RESPONSIBILITIES RELATED TO CHILD SAFETY

The safety of the children and youth in our programs is our

number one priority, and this should also be the number one priority for

mentors. The mentor is responsible for the safety and well-being of their

mentee at all times during outings. It is also important that the mentor act

safely and appropriately when they are with their mentee.

Before matches start, all mentors as well as the children

and youth and their parents/guardians must complete mandatory child safety

training, which provides important information on how to respond to safety concerns.

(Please note, for site-based mentoring, the parents/guardians are generally not

required to complete the child safety training.) On an ongoing basis, BBBS

staff will discuss the safety and security of the match with mentors, and

mentors should call their Match Support Specialist if issues arise at any time

during the match.

Ignite the power and promise of youth!  Mentoring is one of the best ways to make a

difference in the life of a child. By helping a young person succeed, you are

creating a brighter future for all of us in Spokane County. You will have the…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    A few hours per week
  • Recurrence
    Recurring

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Spokane, WA
Associated Location
Spokane, WA, USA

Apply to This Volunteer Opportunity

Instructions:

To learn more about becoming a Big and to start your application, please visit: Be a Big – Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest (nwbigs.org)

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