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BIG DEAL. SMALL APPLICATION

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
  • 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. 


READY TO GO BIG? APPLY NOW BELOW!

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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References and Background Check

Please provide at least three references. A reference from a Parent/Guardian is required. For the professional (Teacher, School Counselor and school staff) and 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.
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Interest Inventory


We really appreciate you taking the time to complete this Volunteer Big application.  By completing this ahead of time it cuts down on the amount of time an interview takes.  You are almost finished. 

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.


Social Media Policy
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS)  recognizes that online social networking (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs, etc.) has become a very popular communication tool and that many of our Bigs and Littles use these platforms. In general, personal use of social networking sites is typically for communication between peers, including friends and family. BBBS wants to reiterate that the relationship between the Big and Little is that of a mentor in addition to a friend.  Not all social networking sites are designed to support mentoring relationships.

Bigs:

Please proceed thoughtfully when inviting or accepting an invitation from your Little to a social networking site.  If you have any doubts, please contact your Program Coordinator and/or postpone your invitation or acceptance. If Bigs do choose to participate in a social networking site with their Little, they must adhere to the following guidelines regarding any postings related to your match or affiliation with BBBS.

Do not participate in any online communication with/about your Little unless you have discussed this with the parent/guardian and Program Coordinator and have received their approval.

  • Never post any pictures of your Little online if there is not a signed release on file with BBBS.
  • Never post the last name of your Little or their parent/guardian or tag them in a photo.
  • Never post any contact information of your Little.
  • Never post any identifying information about your Little (their  home address, where the parent/guardian works, etc.).  Honor confidentiality guidelines within your match; be cautious when posting.

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;

  • 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.