- Q: What are the qualifications for becoming a Jewish Big Brother or Big Sister?
A: You must be Jewish and over the age of 21.
- Q: What is the time commitment to become Jewish Big Brother or Big Sister?
A: Twice a month, three to four hours each time, for a minimum of one year.
- Q: How long does it take to get matched with my Little?
A: Anywhere from 1-3 months, since we match based on compatibility.
- Q: Who are the children in the program?
A: All of the children are Jewish, and between the ages of 6-18. Most of the children come from single-parent homes.
- Q: How far do I have to travel?
A: Matches are based on geographic proximity. We have 4 satellite offices in the LA area to serve you in your community.
- Q: Is there any kind of guide I can read to prepare me for the experience?
A: Yes! You can instantly download our "Volunteer Handbook: Keys to Big Success." In it you'll get tips and advice on just about every aspect of being a Big!
- Q: At which schools does JBBBS’s SBM program currently exist?
A: Milken High School and Middle School, Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School, Shalhevet High School, Middle, and Elementary School, YULA Boys and YULA Girls, and Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy.
- Q: Can I get community service credit from my school for participating in SBM?
A: Yes. Community service credit can be arranged for mentors who take part in the SBM program.
- Q: How do I get involved?
A: If you are at one of the above schools tell your teacher, assistant principal, school counselor, dean, or advisor, that you’d like to be in the JBBBS School Based Mentoring Program. He or she should have forms for you. You may also contact the Director of SBM, Megan Koehler, at MKoehler@jbbbsla.org or 323-456-1143.
- Q: What if we are not at one of the above listed schools?
A: Staff from interested schools may contact the Director of SBM, Megan Koehler, at MKoehler@jbbbsla.org or 323-456-1143 to find out how a school might get involved.
- Q: What makes me eligible to be a Board Member?
A: Passion and desire to help children.
- Q: What is the time commitment to be a Board Member?
A: Between board meetings and committee involvement you'll average 1 meeting per month, sometimes 2.
- Q: What is the financial commitment to be a Board Member?
A: The total amount that is expected to be contributed is approximately $6,000 per year, which is comprised of a give or get component
- Q: How does my child qualify for a scholarship?
A: They have to have been a current or former Little Brother or Sister in our matching program.
- Q: What can the scholarship be used for?
A: All post-secondary education, including community college, trade schools, 4-year universities.
- Q: How does the application process work?
A: Applications are accepted each year through the month of January. Interviews and evaluations follow and decisions are made by mid April.
- Q: How much is available?
A: Our scholarship amounts are rewarded based on a combination of need and scholastic performance. The amounts vary from year to year, but typically between $1250 and $3000.