Become a Mentor

Mentoring is a rewarding, meaningful volunteer experience unlike any other.

Not only can a mentor have a profound impact on a child’s growth and success, but the effect on mentors themselves can also be significant. Our volunteers join a valued community, meet interesting new people, and describe experiencing joy and pride in their mentoring role. Since 1915, Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles has been matching Jewish mentors (“Bigs”), ages 21 and up, with Jewish mentees (“Littles”), ages 6-17. Many of our Big/Little matches report that their relationships with one another have been deeply impactful, and even life-changing for them both. Whether a match lasts a year or a lifetime, mentoring makes a Big difference.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who are our mentors (“Bigs”)?

A: Our Bigs are caring, trusted, dynamic, Jewish volunteers ages 21 or older who have a variety of personal and professional experiences. We conduct extensive background checks and interviews to ensure the quality of our mentors and to provide the best match possible.

Q: What is the process?

A: The process for becoming a Big at Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles is simple. Once you’ve submitted an application, someone from our team will reach out to schedule an in-person interview. After you’ve been approved and passed the background check, our professionals match you based on compatibility of interests, personalities, and needs. Then, you just get together for a few hours twice a month and do things you both enjoy!

Q: How long is the commitment?

A: Bigs must commit to a minimum of one year, though we encourage matches to continue as long as they are mutually rewarding and beneficial to the child.

Q: How long does it take to be matched?

A: The time it takes to be matched depends on many factors. While we seek to match those first who have been waiting longest, our primary focus is compatibility and our priority is to create the most successful matches. Our Littles have a range of needs, interests and preferences, so a Big’s wait time is largely contingent upon the unique pool of Littles waiting to be matched.

Q: What are some of the benefits of mentoring?

A: Mentoring can have a significant positive impact on a child’s life, including increased school engagement and self-esteem, stronger social skills, greater concern for others, and less risky behavior.

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