Types of Matches
- Traditional Big Brother/Big Sister
As a traditional Big Brother or Big Sister, you will meet with your Little Brother or Sister for 6-12 hours/month in the community. Often activities can include riding bikes, walking in the park, or cooking together. Children enrolled in this program are often from single parent, low-income households.
- Couples Matches
This match includes a couple working together as a team to mentor a child. They are screened individually and are matched with one Little Brothers. Couples matches are designed for couples that have been together for at least three years.
- School Based Mentoring
Sometimes the best place to help a child realize their potential is at school. Kids enjoy having their Bigs meet with them at school, whether it’s in the classroom or on the playground. Bigs meet a child for one hour 2-4 times a month. Bigs will help with school work, read a book, toss around a ball or talk about the struggles and successes they have with peers.
- Latino Mentoring Program
Designed for Latino high school juniors and seniors who are on track to graduate but are facing challenges to graduate on time or engage in post-secondary opportunities. Mentors help with homework, assist in navigating the world of college acceptance, explore opportunities like trade schools, community college, 4 year university or certificate programs, encourage discussions about post high school choices, attend community events that offer college exposure and most importantly help a student find their voice to engage in conversations about their future. BBBS partners with COCC and others to provide training and support to mentors/mentees throughout the program. Latino mentoring is a cohort model that starts in the fall of each year and runs until summer. 1 year commitment required.
- 8+9 Mentoring
Designed for students in the critical transition year of 8th to 9th grade. Children who successfully transition from middle school to high school are 82% more likely to graduate high school on time. You can help by providing a positive role model, home work help and teaching kids to advocate for their own needs within the school. Big Brothers Big Sisters partners with Better Together to provide training and support inside the school and outside. Be a part of increasing Oregon’s graduation rate!
- Club Buddies
Big Brothers Big Sisters is partnering with Boys & Girls Club of Bend to offer the “Club Buddies” program. Mentors meet weekly with kids at Boys & Girls Club to work on homework, play games and spend quality time together. This is a great way to be a mentor for a kid in an after school program!
- Big for a Day
Are you unable to meet the 1 year requirement? Would you like to see how a match interacts prior to completing the application? Then become a Big for a Day. to find out more, click here. To sign up, complete this waiver and contact Elysia@bbbsco.org. We will have at least one opportunity per month to match with an unmatched Little for your chance to be a Big for a Day.
Think you want to be a Big? Click here for our application