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Volunteering to help Phoenix area youth is fun, big time.

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do. Not to mention, one of the most fulfilling volunteer experiences in Phoenix, AZ. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering them to achieve. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do.

Play sports together. Go on a hike. Read books. Eat a pizza with extra anchovies. Or just give some advice and inspiration. Whatever it is you enjoy, odds are you’ll enjoy them even more with your Little—and you’ll be making a life-changing impact.

Community-based mentors meet up with a child in their community two times per month to do things you both enjoy on days and times that are convenient for your schedule. Couples and families are invited to mentor a child together in this program, as well.  

Site-based mentors meet with their Little Brother or Little Sister at a nearby elementary school for about 45 minutes per week (or at least twice a month) during the child’s lunch break.  Youth and mentors spend time playing games, working on homework or hanging out on the playground together. Currently, we offer site-based programs at the following schools: Balsz Elementary (Phoenix), Maie Bartlett Heard School (Phoenix),  Longview Elementary  (Phoenix), Lowell School  (Phoenix), Pueblo Elementary (Scottsdale), San Marcos Elementary (Chandler) and Paiute Mentoring Program (Scottsdale). 

What are the requirements to be a Big Brother or Big Sister?

- Be at least 18 years old
- Must have lived in the Phoenix area for a minimum of 3 months prior to applying to be in the program
- Community based program: Commit to meeting 2-4 times per month, for at least one year
- Site-based program: Commit on a weekly basis, for a minimum of one school year
- Have transportation, a valid AZ driver's license and provide current proof of auto insurance
- Be willing to drive up to 30 minutes to pick up your Little
- Be able to pass a Criminal Background and Driving Motor Vehicle Check
- Pay fees associated with background checks ($33)
- Be able to participate in regular phone contacts with a BBBSAZ staff person 

If you answered YES to all of the above then let's get started! 

1. Complete and submit a volunteer application:

ONLINE: Click here to complete the online application.

PAPER: Click here to download and print the volunteer application 
   EMAIL to Anne Campaigne at
   FAX to (602) 264-9283
   MAIL to BBBSAZ, 4745 N 7th St. Suite 210, Phoenix, AZ  85014

2. Attend a volunteer orientation session available online as a webinar or in person at the BBBSAZ office

3. Schedule an in-person interview so we can get to know you, then complete background and reference check

4. Receive notification of acceptance into the volunteer program

5. Meet your Little Brother or Little Sister and start having fun! 

What will I do with my Little Brother or Little Sister?

Think Big! BBBSAZ offers a variety of FREE and reduced cost activities and exclusive experiences for your and your Little to attend ranging from sporting and theater events to career-development and community service. Click here to see these unique opportunities.  

What if I have questions? 

For more information about being a mentor, please contact Anne Campaigne, Community Relations Coordinator, at acampaigne@bbbsaz.org or 602-799-0634.

Know someone in the Phoenix area who’d be a great Big Brother?
At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we’re always looking for more men to be mentors. Fact is, we have boys ready and waiting to be matched with a role model. So tell the guys you know to sign up to become Bigs. They can do all the fun things they love to do already, like play video games, go fishing, even play football—only now they'd get to enjoy it with a child who can truly benefit from it.

Volunteering just a few hours a month with a child can start something amazing. So why not apply to be a Big today. There are kids out there ready to get started. Are you?


Are you a public safety professional? 

Click here to learn about our Bigs in Blue program.



Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request. 

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