Big Brother/Big Sister Volunteer FAQ

What is a Big Brother or Big Sister? A Big is a caring, adult volunteer mentor. Read more about who are our Bigs >>

What is the time commitment? Four to six hours per month with an 18 month volunteer commitment. 

What is the minimum age requirement of Bigs? Bigs in our Site-Based Program must be at least 15 years old and Community-Based Program must be at least 25 years old.

When can I see my Little?
Matches in our Site-Based Program meet at specific site, typically an elementary school or recreation center. Matches meet once a week, for one hour each session. During your time together, the first half hour focuses on academics and the second half relationship building. 

Matches in our Community-Based program meet at least four to six hours per month outside in the community. This can be broken down to one hour per week, twice a month for two hours, or one four hour outing. Depending on what works best for you and your Little.

As a Big/Little team, you decide together what you want to do together with the approval parental guardian. We recommend that you keep a consistent schedule of outings and get together on a regular basis. 

What do Bigs do?

  • Play games
  • Cook a meal
  • Go to the library
  • Shoot hoops
  • Attend sporting events
  • Talk, share advice and inspiration
  • Crafts

How much money should I spend? 
We don’t encourage spending a lot of money on your outings. If you are going to spend money, we encourage you to seek out low-cost activities, especially in the beginning. As a Big, you may also receive notices for free tickets to cultural and sports activities for you both to enjoy.

Can I bring my spouse, a friend or family member on outings? 
In the beginning it’s important for you and your Little to get to know each other. This can happen best on a one-to-one basis. However, over time it’s also valuable for your Little to get to know the people who are important to you. The main focus is the friendship you develop with your Little.

What kind of support can I expect from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada once I get matched? 
Once you are matched with your Little, a Match Support Specialist from the agency will be in regular contact with you to provide assistance and give feedback. Any time you are unsure about what to do or how to handle a situation, you will have a Match Support Specialist there to help. They’ll help you with ideas for activities, guidance for handling possible difficult situations, and feedback on how you are making a difference. 

What a Big is NOT? Bigs are not replacement parents, chauffeurs, or babysitter.