Be a Big – Houston Online Application

An Outcomes-Driven, One-to-One Mentoring Model That Works.

Congratulations on your decision to continue on the path of becoming a mentor!

By now, we hope you have reviewed the requirements and frequently asked questions on our website or have been in contact with one of our staff members. If you still have questions or would like more information before completing an application, click here to inquire.

Let’s get started! The volunteer application is split into two parts:
A) Personal Information & References
B) Secured Information and Consent Forms via DocuSign

Every volunteer must provide four references that have known you for at least two years from each of the following categories: 1) spouse (if married) or other family member, 2) Work or School, 3) Friend, and 4) Additional Friend or Work. Before you get started, be prepared to give their Name, Phone Number, and Email Address.

Once you’ve completed both parts of your application, our Enrollment team will move you to the next step: your interview.

It’s time to sit back, relax, and tell us about yourself!

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Thank You for Defending Potential! 

Congratulations on taking the first step to becoming a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor! We know you have a lot of questions about what will be expected from you as a “Big”. Being a Big is not complicated nor time consuming; however it does involve a consistent commitment that will result in a positive impact for youth in your community! If you are at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent you are eligible to begin the journey of becoming a Big!

What does it take to be a Big? Ask yourself if you can...
  • Meet your mentee known as “Little Brother or Little Sister” consistently-preferably once a week, but at least twice a month.
  • Commit to be a mentor to your Little for at least 12 months from match date. Studies show that children achieve the greatest impacts when they have been matched for at least a year.
  • Dedicate the time with your Little to be just the two of you. Your undivided attention is essential in helping a child reach their fullest potential!
  • Contact your assigned Match Support Specialist (MSS) each month. Your MSS will be there to guide your match relationship: to answer your questions, offer advice, to help you and your Little have a safe and fun relationship, to share match activity ideas including BBBS sponsored events. The agency events are pre-planned fun for all our BBBS matches and are communicated to Bigs via Matchline.
  • Have your own reliable transportation for meeting with your Little.
As you consider becoming a Big, be aware that significant life changes can negatively impact your ability to consistently spend time with your Little. While none of the events listed below would disqualify you from becoming a Big, we do want you to consider them as they could ultimately affect the quality and length of your match. Looking forward two years, do you anticipate any of the following significant life events?
  • Changing jobs or employment status
  • Marital/family status (marriage, divorce, pregnancy, adoption, caring for parent, etc.)
  • Moving (either within the area or out of town)
  • School status (expecting an especially busy semester, changing schools, graduating)

Based upon the information above, do you feel that this is the right time for you to be a Big? We hope your answer is “Yes!” But if you have questions, you will have the opportunity during your interview to speak with our professional staff to further assess your individual situation. Remember, being a Big isn’t about finding time for a mentee; it is about inviting a mentee into the life you are already living. We look forward to partnering with you to support our mission to provide children facing adversity with a strong and enduring professionally supported 1-to-1 relationship that changes their lives for the better, forever.

Location & Program Type

Our Locations


Our Programs
Community-Based: 
  • Flexible schedule and activities
  • At least 2 outings each month 
  • Commit for at least 4 hours each month and 1 year commitment
School-Based: 
  • Meet at your Little's school, during their lunch hour
  • 3 visits a month for at least 1 year
  • Great if you are busy in the evenings and weekends

Our Programs
Community-Based: 
  • Flexible schedule and activities
  • At least 2 outings each month 
  • Commit for at least 4 hours each month and 1 year commitment
School-Based: 
  • Meet at your Little's school, during their lunch hour
  • 3 visits a month for at least 1 year
  • Great if you are busy in the evenings and weekends
Technology-Based:
  • Send your high-school aged mentee an email once a week
  • Meet at your Mentee's school once a month for a pre-planned event after work
  • Flexible hours for emailing through our online platform
Beyond School Walls: 
  • Only applicable if your company has agreed to this program

Our Programs
Community-Based: 
  • Flexible schedule and activities
  • At least 2 outings each month 
  • Commit for at least 4 hours each month and 1 year commitment
School-Based: 
  • Meet at your Little's school, during their lunch hour
  • 3 visits a month for at least 1 year
  • Great if you are busy in the evenings and weekends
Beyond School Walls: 
  • Only applicable if your company has agreed to this program



You must have transportation to mentor in our program

For our Community-Based volunteers, we require Texas-state DL, unless you are an active-duty military or college student.


Mentor a Little alongside your significant other or family members


Personal & Occupational Information

Personal Information





You must be over 18 years old

we request your SSN as part of our required background check verification.








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Occupational Information



Street Address







Years




If you are former military, please be ready to submit proof of DD-214 on Page 6

Previous Involvement and Volunteer Youth Experience



If you were previously matched with BBBS, please fill the following






Organization


Years




References & Referral Source

Every volunteer must provide four references that have known you for at least two years from each following categories: 1) spouse or other family member, 2) work or school, 3) friend, and 4) additional friend or work.
Significant Other/Spouse Reference





Years (must know for at least 2 years)
Family Reference






Years (must know for at least 2 years)
Friend Reference





Years (must know for at least 2 years)
Additional Reference






Years (must know for at least 2 years)
Additional Reference






Years (must know for at least 2 years)

Documentation

Please upload the following documentation




Form 2970c
Disclosure and Consent to Release of Information Regarding Criminal or Abuse/Neglect History For Applicants, Employees or Volunteers of DFPS Contractors and Subcontractors











Form 2971c
Request for Criminal History and DFPS History Check for Purchased Client Services Contractors

Purpose: Use this form to submit background checks on contractors, and each employee, subcontractor, or volunteer who will be involved in direct delivery services with DFPS clients under a contract or who have access to personal DFPS client information.

Directions: An authorized representative for the contractor completes the contractor information and verification signatures. The representative then completes identifying information for each person required to have a background check. Attach additional copies of the form as needed if background checks are needed on more than three individuals. If additional space is needed for the required information, please attach a separate sheet containing the information.
BBBS Dallas Contractor Information



Identifying Information





















In addition to obtaining a DPS name-based criminal history check, fingerprint-based criminal history checks are required for any PCS contractor and individuals on their staff who, at the time of his or her initial background check request:
• currently lives or has lived outside of Texas within the past five years; or
• currently lives or has lived outside of Texas in the 24 months since his or her last fingerprint-based criminal history check was completed.
If the individual requires a fingerprint-based criminal history check, you must select one of the following choices and provide either an email address or phone number for the person. This information will be required when the person schedules a fingerprint appointment.



Program Requirements Agreement

Notice and Authorization for Background Check