School-Aged Big Application

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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. 

*Please note that enrollment for both our Livingston & Big Sky programs are closed for the 2023-2024 school year. Applications are welcome, but matching may not occur this school year.

Basic Information

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Contact Information

Additional Information

Previous Experience

References and Background Check

Please provide at least two references. One should be your parent or guardian (who will also sign your permission form to participate) and the other should be a counselor, coach, teacher, or job supervisor. Your references should be able to speak to your character and your ability to commit to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program.
Parent/Guardian Reference

Teacher/Personal Reference

Volunteer Experience

I understand that:
  1. The references and youth organizations that I have worked for or been involved with as a volunteer whose information I have provided may be contacted by mail, telephone or email.
  2.  I am in no way obligated to perform any volunteer services at Big Brothers Big Sisters sponsored events.
  3. I will be asked to provide my social security number.
  4. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Big Sky Country has the authority to deny me from being accepted as a Big and does not need to provide me with a reason if I am not accepted. 
  5. As part of the enrollment process, I agree to provide additional personal information to assist Big Brothers Big Sisters in making a recommendation for a match.

Virtual Platform

Release of Information Authorization for Background Check

I understand that Big Brothers Big Sisters may conduct a public domain search on the internet, and may include social media accounts, including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Pinterest, etc. I understand that continued involvement will be based on the information discovered during that search.

If 18 years or older: The information I provide may be used to conduct a background check, to include a driving records check, criminal background check, and other records where required by local, state, or federal law for volunteers working with youth. If matched, the information I provided may also be used to conduct an annual criminal background and driving records check. Continued involvement will be based on the information discovered.

Confidentiality Policy 

In order for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Big Sky County to provide responsible, professional service to clients, it is necessary for volunteers, clients and parents or guardians of clients to divulge extensive personal information about themselves and their families.  The agency respects the confidentiality of client and volunteer records.  Such personal information about clients and volunteers shall be shared only among the agency professional staff, with the exception of the specific situations described in the next pages.

I agree to keep information about a Little (potential or actively matched) confidential.  I will not discuss this information with any person other than the assigned professional staff of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Big Sky Country. It is very important to keep child safety and confidentiality issues in mind. I will not use the Little’s full name nor any identifying details regarding the Little and their family when talking about the match to friends, family, co-workers, and/or when posting to any social media sites.

I understand that, as a High School Big, I cannot share photos, images, or other information about my Little on social media. I will not add or "friend" my Little on any social media platform. I also understand that while I am a Big, I represent the BBBS-BSC organization, and will refrain from posting words, images, and video recordings that go against the mission, vision, and goals of BBBS-BSC. 

Ground Rules and Guidelines                                                                      

Child Safety

BBBS takes a Safety First approach. We believe that all children and youth deserve to live in a world that makes them feel cared for and protected. As a volunteer...
  1. I will be aware of the Little’s personal boundaries regarding physical contact.  For example, especially in the early stages of the match, ask the Little if it’s okay to give a hug.  Other forms of physical contact such as tickling, wrestling, patting, putting the Little on one’s knee are more likely to violate their boundaries and should not occur.
  2. I understand that the display or discussion of any materials of a sexual nature are prohibited.
  3. I understand that if my Little shares that they plan to harm themselves or others, or they are being harmed, I am required to report that immediately to staff at the Little's school, and the BBBS staff.
  4. If I suspect any sign of abuse or neglect, I will let BBBS staff know immediately. 
  5. I understand that if I share with BBBS staff that I plan to harm myself or others, or I am being harmed, the BBBS staff will report that information to my school counselor and/or other appropriate contacts.

BBBS Ground Rules and Guidelines

  1. I understand that seeing my Little consistently is one of the most important things I can do as a mentor; therefore, I will see my Little as arranged by the BBBS-BSC staff
  2. If I am unable to meet with my Little, I will notify BBBS staff.
  3. I understand that all contact with my Little is restricted to BBBS-BSC approved platforms.
  4. I understand that the relationship between my Little and I is primarily a one-to-one relationship. 
  5. I will not try to convert my Little to my religious or political views.
  6. I will refrain from using offensive and/or inappropriate language and gestures. 
  7. I will follow all rules and policies of the Little's schools while I am on their campus. 
  8. I will not use my cell phone at my Little's school.
  9. I understand that I might learn personal information about my Little and their family members, and I will keep that information confidential.
  10. I will maintain regular contact with the BBBS staff by attending bi-monthly match support meetings
  11. If a problem arises in my match relationship, if I have questions or concerns, or if my Little tells me something that makes me uncomfortable, I will notify BBBS staff immediately either in person or by calling my BBBS Staff person or the BBBS Office (406-587-1216).
  12. I will complete all required paperwork and match support.
  13. I understand that gift giving is discouraged. If I want to bring my Little something at school, I will ask BBBS staff first. 
  14. I understand that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Big Sky Country does not condone the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal substances of any kind while a Big is with his/her assigned Little. Students who fail to comply with the Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Policy of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Big Sky Country will be terminated from the Program.
  15. I agree to inform Big Brothers Big Sisters of Big Sky Country if, after I am matched and have become a Big Brother/Big Sister, I am charged with an MIP (Minor in Possession) and/or a DUI (Driving Under the Influence).  I acknowledge and agree that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Big Sky Country may consult with my Little’s parent/guardian and school staff.  The decision whether or not to maintain the Match and remain as an active participant in the program rests with the BBBS staff, the school staff and/or with the parent/guardian of the Little.

Acknowledgement of Obligations

I agree to take an active part in Big Brothers Big Sisters. I understand that this is a volunteer opportunity and that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Big Sky Country is not obligated to assign me a Little.

I also acknowledge and agree that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Big Sky Country staff are mandatory reporters and are obligated to report any behaviors relating to illegal drugs, abuse or neglect to the proper authorities.

I understand information about me will be prepared by the Program Staff of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Big Sky Country and I consent to its disclosure to arrange a potential Little for me.  I understand that I will not be identified by last name until after the match has been agreed upon. I give permission for the matching information to be shared with a potential Little only under the above conditions.