In-School Mentoring


Fall 2021 Program Update

Thank you for your interest in mentoring a child or youth in your community!

Due to program capacity, we are placing applications on hold in the cities and programs listed below. Your application is important to us. You will be contacted as soon as our program capacity increases. We look forward to starting the application process with you!

In-School Mentoring Program Applications on hold:

Please email volunteer@bbgvf.com with any questions. Thank you for your support and patience!


The In-School Mentoring Program provides supportive one-to-one mentoring relationships to children and youth during their school day.

Mentoring relationships build a connection through play-based activities. Each session is child-led, based on the mentee’s interests, and may include exploring the playground, cooking in the school kitchen, or checking out arts & crafts and board games in our very own ‘Big & Little Activity Supply Bins. In this program, matches are only in contact during the designated one hour/week of program time.

Who can be a Mentor?

  • Adults 18+, inclusive of male, female, trans, and gender diverse individuals.​
  • Inclusive and welcoming of Mentors of all sexual orientations.
  • Reliability, consistency, dedication, and respectfulness of others.

What are the requirements?

  • Available 1 hour per week for the duration of a school year (excluding school breaks).
  • Able to express care, challenge growth, provide support, share power, affirm identity, and expand possibilities with a child or youth.

Who are the Little Buddies?

  • All grade 1-7 elementary students nominated by teachers or school staff, or self-nominated after learning of the program.
  • Will benefit from having an additional caring adult role model in their lives.
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