Big Brothers Big Sisters is an internationally recognised 1:1 community based mentoring program for young people aged 7-17. Big Brothers Big Sisters operates from 38 countries world wide. BBBS of Adelaide is auspiced by the YWCA of Adelaide and is licenced through Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia Inc. BBBS providers link through a network in Australia.
Connect-4 Group Mentoring is a quarterly recreational program designed for young people (Crew) from the BBBS waiting list. Volunteers (Captains) look after three crew members at each activity and work together to develop team work, increase confidence and have fun. In Adelaide, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Connect-4 are funded by: The Australian Government and the City of Port Adelaide Enfield.
Mentor Age: 18-99
Mentee Age: 7-17
Child Protection Policy: Yes
Mentor Training: Yes, training is provided for mentors
Training Process of Mentors Three sessions of pre-match training relating to children and the families, volunteers and their rights and responsibilities and the matching process. We also offer Child Safe Environments: Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect training throughout the year. Ongoing professional training and development opportunities e.g. peers support meetings, social activities and formal training is provided to matched volunteers over the 12-month period.
Mentor Screening: Yes, screening is provided for mentors
Screening Process of Mentors: Enquiry, Application form, Interview 1, Reference Checks, Psychological Profile and National Police Clearance, Interview 2, Home Visit and Pre-match training and induction
Mentor Position Description: To provide mentoring, friendship and support to a young person between the ages of 7 to 17 years on a one-to-one basis. To develop a supportive friendship with a young person, showing respect for and understanding of their individual needs. To adhere to prescribed Big Brothers Big Sisters Program boundaries and guidelines. To act as a role model for the young person, and encourage new experiences and opportunities. To be accountable to the nominated Program Coordinator. No formal qualifications are necessary. Favourable Attributes 1. A genuine interest in the well-being of young people. 2. Patience, understanding, acceptance, compassion and the ability to listen. 3. To be over the age of 18. 4. To have a driving licence, and access to a reliable motor vehicle. Requirements for the Job 1. Minimum 12 month commitment 2. Committment is 1-4 hours, 3 times/month. Conditions 1. Bigs are encouraged to focus on free or low cost activities with the littles If there is a cost involved, littles and bigs are expected to pay for their own expenses. 2. The BBBS program aims to provide and fund regular group recreational activities.
Mentor Minimum Commitment: BBBS - Up to 4 hours a week, 3 times/months, for 12 months.
Connect-4 Group Mentoring - Group days are run quarterly minimum commitment is 2 group days per year.