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Be a Big Friend
School-Based Mentoring

Big Friend Requirements

Age: At least 16 years old

Application Process:

  • Fully complete and submit Big Friend application

  • Provide four potential references

  • Schedule an in-person interview

  • Provide proof of a driver's license

*Final approval for all applications is dependent on the successful completion of a criminal background check 

Approved Mentor Expectations

Time Commitment:

  • Mentor will meet with the Little once a week for at least one hour during the school year

  • Mentor will commit to mentoring for at least one year  ​​


  • Mentor will communicate with the BFLF office about how the match is going

  • Mentor will communicate with the Little's teacher if they are not going to be able to attend mentoring 

  • Mentor will work with the Little Friend to complete activities at the school both parties will enjoy

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“A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.”

                                                                                                             — Bob Proctor

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School-Based Mentoring

Little Friend Requirements

To receive services from the Big Friend Little Friend mentoring program, a child must: 

  • Be enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade. 

  • Attend a school in the Mitchell community. 

  • Have a desire to participate in the program. 

  • Receive parent/guardian consent to participate. 

  • The needs of the child must be appropriate for volunteer intervention as determined by the Big Friend Little Friend staff. 

Guidelines for determining eligibility include: 

  • Has poor self-esteem​

  • Culturally and/or economically disadvantaged 

  • Exhibits poor social skills

  • Has few friends his/her own age

  • Lacks adequate support and attention of a stable adult

  • Is an underachiever academically

  • Is overly dependent on a parent

  • Has a sibling who has had significant problems with social or community adjustments

  • Is insecure and does not trust adults

A child may not be accepted if: 

  • Contact with the child's parent is frequent, consistent, and appropriate

  • The child receives adequate contact or role modeling from another source on a regular basis

  • The child's problems are so severe that services from a volunteer mentor are inappropriate or inadequate

  • The parent/guardian is unwilling to give their consent for the child to participate

  • The child is unwilling to participate

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