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Welcome to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, Washington and Greene Counties! We are so happy you’ve decided to be a part of something BIG with BBBSPGH! 
Non-Discrimination Policy

Our participants come to us with a wide range of personal characteristics. We believe that participant eligibility shall be determined without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or disability. 

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Program Information







Bigs in Blue is Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s one-to-one mentoring program that connects youth with police and other law enforcement professionals in communities across the nation, building strong, trusting, and lasting relationships.

Sometimes the best place to help a child realize their potential is at a school, community center, or corporate workplace. Whether mentoring occurs in the classroom, gym, or conference room, it’s all about developing a friendship, providing guidance and inspiring children to reach their potential. Students from a partnering college meet with their Littles at lunchtime or after school.

Expectations
  • Minimum of a one year commitment
  • Meet during the school year, with the opportunity to keep in touch through a writing campaign during summer break
  • Programs are supervised by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff or school/agency contact

You can give a child the invaluable gift of friendship by spending just a few hours together a couple times per month. To be a positive role model can be as simple as playing a board game, going to the playground, or participating in a BBBS activity. Just as your options are unlimited, so is a child’s potential.

Expectations
  • Make a one year minimum commitment to your Little
  • Make face-to-face contact with your Little at least twice per month
  • Participate in ongoing phone contact with Big Brothers Big Sisters staff throughout the duration of your match

Sometimes the best place to help a child realize their potential is at a school, community center, or corporate workplace. Whether mentoring occurs in the classroom, gym, or conference room, it’s all about developing a friendship, providing guidance and inspiring children to reach their potential. Must be at least 15 and a sophomore at a participating high school. Programs take place in an elementary or middle school during study hall or after school.

Expectations
  • Minimum of a one year commitment
  • Meet during the school year, with the opportunity to keep in touch through a writing campaign during summer break
  • Programs are supervised by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff or school/agency contact

mentor2.0 is a program developed in partnership with iMentor that brings technology-enriched, one-to-one mentoring to high school students.

Through collaborative efforts with schools, companies, and individuals, mentor2.0 provides high-impact mentoring relationships aimed at giving high school students the support and guidance they need to graduate high school and succeed in post-secondary education.

Expectations
  • Minimum 24 month commitment
  • Attend one in-person 2 hour event per month at Brashear High School
  • Participate in weekly online communication with your mentee via a web platform

Sometimes the best place to help a child realize their potential is at a school, community center, or corporate workplace. Whether mentoring occurs in the classroom, gym, or conference room, it’s all about developing a friendship, providing guidance and inspiring children to reach their potential. Students from Pittsburgh Public Middle Schools are matched with adult mentors from the community. Mentors visit once a week for an hour during the school year. Times vary depending on location.

Expectations
  • Minimum of a one year commitment
  • Meet during the school year, with the opportunity to keep in touch through a writing campaign during summer break
  • Programs are supervised by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff or school/agency contact

Sometimes the best place to help a child realize their potential is at a school, community center, or corporate workplace. Whether mentoring occurs in the classroom, gym, or conference room, it’s all about developing a friendship, providing guidance and inspiring children to reach their potential. Littles are matched with employees from our corporate partners who help foster college readiness and career development.

Expectations
  • Minimum of a one year commitment
  • Meet during the school year, with the opportunity to keep in touch through a writing campaign during summer break
  • Programs are supervised by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff or school/agency contact

Sports Buddies is a version of our Community-based Mentoring Program that matches adult mentors with youth who have a shared interest in sports, fitness, or just being active.

Expectations
  • Make a one year minimum commitment to your Little
  • Make face-to-face contact with your Little at least twice per month
  • Participate in ongoing phone contact with Big Brothers Big Sisters staff throughout the duration of your match





References

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Please list information for at least three references below including:

  1. Your spouse or domestic partner (i.e., if you live with a significant other/girlfriend/boyfriend) OR a family member, if you do not have a spouse, partner, or significant other)
  2. Current or former employer or co-worker you have known for at least one year, or someone from your school if you are a student; AND
  3. A friend or neighbor you have known for at least two years.
  • Please ensure that all fields are filled out correctly, giving particular attention to contact information.
  • Please note that all references will be contacted as part of your volunteer screening. We encourage you to let them know that you have listed them and to expect contact from us.
  • Please note that during your personal interview, you may be asked for additional references as needed.
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Pre-Interview Questionnaire

Prior to your in-person interview, please answer the questions below. Parents of youth in our programs will often ask questions about someone with whom their child will be matched.  The information you provide will also help us make a better match for you and assure we can support you during your involvement with our program.  Please note that you will have an opportunity to discuss these questions and your responses more thoroughly during your in-person interview.















Name, Age, Relationship

Please list any counties and states that you have lived in aside from your current address in the past 5 years.
 

Media Release

I hereby irrevocably grant Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh/Big Brothers Big Sisters of America the right to use images of myself, first name, and biographical information as they may desire, in all media and in all forms including, but not limited to publications, any televised photography and recordings.

I hereby waive any right to inspect or approve the images and/or information that may be used now or in the future, whether that use is known or unknown to me, and I waive any rights to any compensation arising from or relating to the use of such images and/or information.

By signing below, I acknowledge that I have read this release and fully understand that contents, meaning and impact of this release.  Further, I understand that I am free to address any specific questions regarding this release by submitting those questions in writing prior to signing this release, and I agree that my failure to do so will be interpreted as a free and knowledgeable acceptance of the terms of this release.


Preparing for Your Interview

Interviews take place at our office and typically take about an hour to an hour and a half.



Additional Information

I consent to and understand that:

  1. The references and youth serving-organization I listed may be contacted by mail, telephone, email, or in-person; 
  2. I understand that in order to become a Big, I must submit FBI Fingerprints, Child Abuse History Clearance, and a Criminal Record Background Check. Additionally, BBBS will complete a local background check, DMV check, and a search on the State and National Sex Offender Registries. 
  3. 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 (see attached authorization), military records, and other records where required by local, state, or federal law for volunteers working with youth;
  4. I am in no way obligated to perform any volunteer services;
  5. 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;
  6. Other BBBS agencies and youth organizations where I have worked or volunteered may be contacted as references;
  7. As part of the enrollment processes, I will be required to provide additional personal information, including completion of an in-person interview;
  8. 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. 
  9. I understand that incidents of child abuse or neglect, past or present, must be reported to proper authorities;
  10. I understand that certain relevant information about me 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, and any information relevant to a child's safety or well-being);
  11. 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.).
  12. My social security number will be used for background checks and to document program enrollment;
  13. I agree to complete questionnaires throughout my time in the program to evaluate and improve program services;
  14. I agree to timely communication and follow-up with all agency staff. 
Please read the following carefully before signing this application:

I understand that this is an application for a volunteer opportunity and is not a promise or commitment by Big Brothers Big Sisters.

I certify that all information I have provided or will provide to Big Brothers Big Sisters, including this application, is true, correct 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 on 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 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 occurrences. I understand that BBBS staff needs to be fully informed to provide the best guidance or support possible.