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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 FIRST… here’s a few Big Requirements to assure our Littles have the most positive and effective experience:

  • Be at least a 9th grader or older 
  • Are committed to meeting with your little 2-4 times a month for a minimum of 12 months
  • 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 Policy

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, 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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Employer Information

Previous Experience

References and Background Check

Please provide at least three references. A reference from a Parent/Guardian is required. For the personal reference (Adult employer, adult coworker or neighbor not related to you) please list someone you have known at least 1 year.  All references must be adults.
Parent/Guardian Reference

Professional Reference (Teacher, School Counselor or other School Staff)

Personal Reference (Adult employer, Adult coworker, Adult family friend or Adult neighbor who is not related to you)

Volunteer Experience

Interest Inventory

Confidentiality Policy

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.

High School Big Agreement

I understand that:

  • I am expected to be a role model in and out of school and agree to be chemical free.  If I am adjudicated/cited for any type of alcohol/drug related offense or other offenses I understand I will lose my privilege to be a Big.  I agree to not violate any Minnesota High School League rules; please refer to the MN State High School League Handbook;

  • The references I listed may be contacted by mail, telephone or email;

  • I am in no way obligated to perform any services;

  • The information I provided may be used to conduct a background check, to include driving records check, criminal background check, and other records where required by local, state, or federal law for volunteers working with youth;

  • 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. 

  • The Big Brothers Big Sisters agency is not obligated to match me with a youth; and,

  • As part of my enrollment process, I will be asked to provide additional personal information prior to making any recommendations for a match.