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Defending Potential

Being a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters is not only FUN, but extremely rewarding. Soon you’ll have the chance to impact the lives of local youth in our community. 

BUT FIRSThere’s a few Big Requirements to assure our Littles have the most positive and effective experience:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Are committed to meet with your little 2-4 times a month for a minimum of 12 months
  • Have reliable transportation for your Little
  • Will connect with your Program Coordinator each month
  • Are not going through major life changes that would impact your Match

Not sure if you’re ready? We’d love to talk more. Please reach out to Tasha Bruns-Notsch @ 320.310.1276 or Tasha@BigDefenders.org. 


Inclusion Statement

At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MN, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is an integral part of our values and mission.  We recognize, affirm, and celebrate the diverse backgrounds, lives and experiences, of our stakeholders, including youth, families, board members, donors, volunteers, and staff.  We ensure the opportunity for voices and perspectives to be heard and honored. In the community, we foster an environment where people can be their best selves.  

We affirm that every person [regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender identity, gender expression, income, national origin, race, or sexual orientation, marital or veteran status] has the opportunity to reach their full potential.  We strive to realize the full potential that is within all of us by ensuring that voices and perspectives are heard and honored.

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Contact Information

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Previous Experience

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References and Background Check

Please provide at least three references. A reference from a Spouse/Spousal Equivalent or Significant Other is required. Substitute a family member if no Spouse/Spousal Equivalent or Significant Other. For the professional and personal reference please list someone you have known at least 1 year.
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Youth Experience

Interest Inventory

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota respects the confidentiality of client and volunteer records and, with the exception of situations listed below, shares information about clients and volunteers only among the agency professional staff.


All records are considered the property of the agency and not the agency workers, clients or volunteers themselves. Records are not available for review by the clients or volunteers.


  1. Information will be released to other individuals or non-BBBS organizations only with the client or volunteer's written consent.


  1. For purposes of program evaluation, audit, or accreditation, and with the prior approval of the Board of Directors, certain outside bodies such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America may have access to client and volunteer records.


  1. Members of the Board of Directors or evaluators appointed by the Board have access to client files upon authorization of the Board of Directors.


  1. Information shall only be provided to law enforcement officials or the courts pursuant to a valid and enforceable subpoena.


  1. Information shall be provided to an agency's legal counsel in the event of litigation or potential litigation involving the agency.


  1. State law mandates that suspected child abuse be reported to the appropriate authorities (law enforcement or social services).


  1. If an agency worker receives information indicating that a client or volunteer may be dangerous to themselves or to others, necessary steps may be taken to protect the appropriate party. This may include a medical referral or report to the local law enforcement      authorities.


  1. At the time a child or volunteer is considered as a match candidate, information is shared between the prospective match parties. The information about the volunteer may include such items as: age, sex, race, religion, interests, hobbies, marriage, family status, sexual orientation, living situation, etc. Information about the child may include such items as age, sex, race, religion, interests, hobbies, family situation, etc.

I consent to and understand that:

  1. The references and youth serving-organization I listed on my application may be contacted by mail, telephone, email, or in-person;

  2. The information I provided may be used to conduct a background check, to include a search of public domain records, driving records check, juvenile and adult criminal history check, and other records where required by local, state, or federal law for volunteers working with youth. I consent to the preparation and release of background check reports to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and its designated representatives;

  3. I am in no way obligated to perform any volunteer services and the BBBS agency is not obligated to match me with a youth and may deny my application or close my match at any time, and to protect all participants’ confidentiality, BBBS is not required to disclose reasons for doing so;

  4. Other BBBS agencies and youth organizations where I have worked or volunteered may be contacted as references;

  5. As part of the enrollment processes, I will be required to provide additional personal information, including completion of an interview;

  6. As part of the enrollment process to become a Big Family, my child(ren) will be required to participate in an in-take interview conducted by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff and complete questionnaires throughout their time in the program containing questions about school, home life, and personal interests, and talk with a Big Brothers Big Sisters staff about personal safety;

  7. I understand that the information I provide in the enrollment process will be kept confidential, unless disclosure is required by law and with exceptions noted below. 

  8. I understand that as a Big I am a Mandated Reporter and incidents of child abuse or neglect, past or present, must be reported to proper authorities;

  9. I understand that certain relevant information about me and my child(ren) (if a Big Family) will be discussed with the parent/guardian of a child who is a prospective match (this might include demographic information, information relevant to parent/child preferences, background/motor vehicle checks,  and any information relevant to a child’s safety or well-being);

  10. It is my responsibility to update the agency if any of the information I provide on this application, in my interview, or any other information provided during the enrollment process changes (i.e. address, phone number, auto-insurance, new criminal charges, etc.).

  11. I agree to timely communication and follow-up with all agency staff.

  12. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MN utilizes text messages to communicate with participants in our program.  At any time, you wish not to receive these texts please reply STOP. You will not receive any texts from us after that. 

  13. I understand that Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has developed a digital platform to help Bigs and Littles stay in touch more easily in a safe and secure way.  I consent, should I be matched, to having contact with my Little through this digital platform.

I I   I certify that all information I have provided or will provide to Big Brothers Big Sisters, including this application, is true, accurate, and complete to the best of my knowledge. I certify that I have and will answer all questions to the best of my ability and that I have not and will not withhold any information that would affect my application for a volunteer position. I understand that information contained in my application will be verified by Big Brothers Big Sisters. I understand that misrepresentations or omissions may be cause for my immediate rejection as an applicant or my termination as a volunteer.


At any time while involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, I agree to immediately inform my Big Brothers Big Sisters contact person of any and all infractions, violations, charges, and convictions related to any civil, domestic, or criminal matters.  I understand that BBBS staff needs to be fully informed to provide the best guidance or support possible.