Become a Mentor

Big Need

Of the kids we serve:

  • 85% of them live at or below poverty level. Of those kids in Kansas, 1 in 4 will not walk across the stage and get their high school diploma. Over 20% of the youth we serve actually have a total combined household income of LESS than $15K annually.

  • Over 80% of our youth come from single parent homes

  • Over 60% of our youth come from homes with issues with drug and/or alcohol abuse

  • Over 40% of our youth have either personally witnessed or experienced domestic violence

  • Nearly 1/3 of our youth have or have had at least one incarcerated parent

  • Over 25% of the youth we serve are also receiving services from DCF

Testimonies from Kansas Mentors

Big Impact

Harris Interactive conducted an independent study, working with FORMER Littles who are now adults.  These results are why we do what we do:

  • 46% report a household income of OVER $75K

  • 78% vote in elections

  • 90% report that their mentor made them feel better about themselves

  • 76% learned right from wrong from their mentor

  • Over half said that their mentor kept them from dropping out of high school

Steps to Become a Big

  1. Complete a Volunteer Interest Form/Application online.*

  2. Attend an info session at our office.
    For South Central Region: Click here to see dates and RSVP for an info session

  3. Complete Volunteer Paperwork

  4. We conduct background checks and check your references.

  5. Attend an in-person interview and home visit with a staff member.

  6. Learn about a few waiting Littles whom we think would be a “best fit match” for you.  

  7. Meet your LITTLE!

"I was matched with one of the sweetest, open-minded, beautiful little girls an individual could be matched with. She has made me smile, laugh, and realize how great it feels to be someone who can help mold her into a strong-minded young lady who will someday be exactly who she wants to be in life." ~Shaquayla Jackson, Big Sister

Mentor Match Options

Community Based

Community-based matches participate in one-to-one outings and activities doing things they enjoy together, like taking a walk in the park, going to a museum, or just hanging out and talking. Each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for them.

Site Based

Site-based matches spend time together at the youth's school or an alternate designated location. School-based matches are not limited to the classroom. Of course, some youth do talk with their mentors about class, or do homework, or read together, but it's perfectly fine to shoot hoops in the gym or play on the playground.

Plus Match

This is a combination of the Community-based and Site-based programs. You'll spend most of your time at the Youth's school or alternate designated location and have the option to explore your community as often as once a month.

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Complete step one today!

*Basic Volunteer Requirements:

  • At least 18 years old.

  • Minimum 1-year commitment.

  • Access to vehicle and proof of vehicle insurance.

  • Communicate with case manager on a regular basis and continued training as needed.

  • Follow ground rules.


We welcome participants regardless of age, income, ethnicity, religion, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, veteran, or marital status.  Should you feel that you have been discriminated against, please contact: Discrimination Complaints, Chief Operations Officer, at 316-263-3300.