Become A Big

Bigs serve as teachers, friends, advocates—mentors. They provide guidance to their matched Littles. Bigs and Littles choose and participate in activities they both enjoy such as playing sports, hiking, reading books or simply spending a day at the park together.

Two Ways You Can Mentor

Site-Based Mentoring:

A match between a child and mentor that meet one-to-one during the school day or while the child is at an approved after school program. This particular setting provides additional support systems for our mentors. Site based activities can include but are not limited to, playing sports, arts and crafts or working on homework. The child and mentor must meet a minimum of 1 hour per week.

Mentors must be:

18 years old
Commit for 12 months
Meet with a Little a minimum of 1 - 2 hours each week
Complete an in-person interview and a criminal background check
Provide transportation and proof of car insurance at all times
Maintain regular communication with agency staff
Communicate regularly with the child’s parent/guardian
Track and report all outings monthly
Plan weekly activities that will be positive, fun, and educational for the child

Mentoring in the Community:

A match between a child and a mentor that meet one-to-one at a time that is agreed upon by the mentor and parent/guardian. (Typically matches will meet on the weekends or evenings.) Community-based activities can include but are not limited to visits to the park, museum or movie theater. The child and mentor must meet a minimum of 1 hour per week.

Mentors must be:

18 years old
Commit for 12 months
Meet with a Little a minimum of 1 - 2 hours each week
Complete an in-person interview and a criminal background check
Provide transportation and proof of car insurance at all times
Maintain regular communication with agency staff
Communicate regularly with the child’s parent/guardian
Track and report all outings monthly
Plan weekly activities that will be positive, fun, and educational for the child

Start Something Big—Click to Apply Here!

After you complete your application to become a Big, a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lubbock staff member will contact you.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Big Fun at Our Events

We host a variety of events throughout the year. These events are focused on educating our community and increasing support for our organization. All the events are perfect for families, business leaders, students, and more, but we need volunteers to help ensure our success. If you would like to volunteer at one of our events we would love to have you, please visit or call our office at (806) 763-6131.


Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors give generously of their time, talents, wisdom and resources to help ensure we have effective programs and a strong foundation related to finances, community impact, ethical practices, and more. Find out how you can apply to be a member of our Board of Directors.

Frequently Asked Questions

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to provide children with strong and enduring professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring services in Lubbock and the South Plains area.
Mentors serve as teachers, friends, and advocates who provide guidance.
Mentoring is simple. By spending time together and learning new things, a mentor can influence the child in making positive life choices.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the leader in one-to-one youth mentoring. As the nation’s oldest and largest mentoring organization, we pride ourselves in the ability to create positive one-to-one matches that are based on interests and needs.
Children in our program come from diverse families but they all have one thing in common, they want or need a positive mentor. While the majority of our children are considered to be at risk, it’s important to know that we serve many children who just need another positive adult role model in their life.
Share an activity that gives you something in common to talk about. Go to the library, check out a book and read together. Buy a comic book to read together. Play a board game. Go on a nature walk. You want to select activities that give each of you a chance to learn more about one another. Most important: keep it simple and enjoy yourselves!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lubbock measures the impact of services by administering a nationally accepted pre- and post-test known as the Youth Outcomes Survey. This survey shows us that our mentoring programs result in proven, positive short-term and long-term outcomes for youth in three main areas: educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, and increased social and emotional well-being.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lubbock is in need of mentors, particularly male mentors. There are over 100 children currently on the waiting list to be matched to a mentor. Most of these children have already gone through the enrollment process and are just waiting for a mentor to be matched with.

Monetary support is a great need. It costs between $1,200 and $1,500 to manage and sustain match support services for one full year, per match. With your help we can ensure that our program remains free to families and volunteers. Therefore, donations of any size are greatly appreciated.

Once you are matched with a child, a Match Support Specialist will be in regular contact with you to provide assistance and give feedback. Any time you are unsure about what to do or how to handle a situation, you will have a Match Support Specialist there to help. They’ll help you with ideas for activities, guidance for handling sensitive or challenging situations, and feedback on how you are making a difference.
The quality of the time you invest is more important than the amount of money you spend. That’s why we don’t encourage spending a lot of money on your outings. The goal of the friendship is to help the child see the world through a different lens so you can inspire them to become something they never thought possible. If you are going to spend money, we encourage you to seek out low-cost activities, especially in the beginning. As a Big, you may also receive notices for free tickets to cultural and sports activities for you both to enjoy.