1. Check for Eligibility
1. I Am 18 years or older
2. I have lived in the Greater Vancouver Area for a minimum of 6 months. For Sea to Sky, Whistler, Sunshine Coast applicants: I have lived in the Sea to Sky, Whistler, or Sunshine Coast Area for a minimum of 6 months.
3. I understand the application process can take up to approximately 2 months to complete. Once accepted as a volunteer, being matched with a Little Brother or Buddy can take several weeks, depending on my program of interest, location, and other preferences.
4. I can easily manage the time commitment in my schedule: As a Big Brother I am able to spend 2-4 hours, once a week for a minimum 1 year with my Little Brother; as an In-School Mentor I am able to spend 1 hour, once a week, during school hours for a minimum 1 year with my Little Buddy; and as a Game On Mentor I am able to be spend 2 hours, once a week for 8 weeks with my Little Buddies.
5. I will submit my criminal record check forms to my local Police/RCMP station as soon as possible, and if necessary will follow up with any concerns.
2. Submit Application
You may choose to apply online or you may contact our agency and we can send you an application in the mail or through email.
After we receive your application form and all the requirements are met, we will provide you with criminal record check forms.
3.Submit Criminal Record Check
You must submit your criminal record check forms immediately as we require that you complete a new criminal records check before we will consider you for an interview.
As per our National Standards, we must receive a new criminal record check solely for our organization.
Once we receive your criminal record check results and you meet our requirements, we will contact you to schedule a one-on-one interview. The interview lasts approximately one to two hours and consists of a series of questions related to your motivation, beliefs and values, interests and lifestyle, and family history.
Please note that only those applicants that meet our requirements will be contacted for an interview. Contact will be made only after we receive your criminal record check results.
Your references are adults who have known you well for more than two years and who represent different facets of your life: your employer, a family member/significant other, personal references and someone who has witnessed you working (paid or volunteer) with children.
Training is a three-hour group session. It is designed to get you ready to meet your 'Little' and will give you the tools you need to build a successful friendship.
7. Meet your "Little"!
Upon your acceptance, our staff will begin to search for a suitable Little Brother, Sister or Buddy for you, considering factors such as where you would like to be matched, your interests, and the needs of the kids on our wait-pool. We work hard to find a compatible match for each Mentor – and sometimes that can take some time- but it’ll be worth the wait!
Once a potential Little Brother, Sister or Buddy has been selected for you, one of our staff will tell you about your Little and will schedule the introductory meeting. If you are an In-School Mentor, your first meeting will take place at the child's school with your Mentoring Coordinator, the school liaison, and your Little Buddy. If you are a Big Brother or Big Sister, your meeting will take place with the Mentoring Coordinator, the parent(s), and the child.
After the formalities, you and your 'Little' will be able to plan your first activity or outing and you will leave knowing what to expect.