Being a Mentor is a BIG thing, and it's the little everyday moments that go a long way.

Big Brother Marshall and Little Brother Keon

Being a “BIG” is something just about anyone can do.

All that is required is a willingness to be a caring, consistent, and safe role model with a desire to develop a friendship with a child (Little).

To become a mentor you must be broad-minded and open to diversity (racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, sexual orientation and social-economic, sexual orientation).

Big Brother Maurice and Little Brother Malachi

We place a great deal of emphasis on making the best matches between BIGS and Littles.

Our main priority is to build strong, long-term mentoring relationships that provide positive growth for all involved. That is why Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island provides the essential training, tools, and guidance needed for success.

Your presence in a child's life is the most valuable thing you can offer, and that is why BBBSRI encourages Bigs to take their Littles out for low or no cost activities. BBBSRI also provides a free monthly activity that is open to all matches.

Eligibility Requirements for Volunteer Mentors

  • At least 19 years old
  • Open-minded and non-judgmental
  • Open to diversity
  • Willing to commit to a minimum of 18 months
  • Able to spend 2 – 4 hours monthly (in-person/virtual)
  • Able to access an insured car, or willing to take public transportation