Could your Little use a Big?
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County is the place to start a relationship with a positive role model. BBSVC recruits, screens, matches and supports mentoring relationships that have changed the lives of thousands of young people in Ventura County — one Little at a time.
BBSVC's Core Programs
TRADITIONAL MENTORING PROGRAM (Community-Based)
Bigs and Littles set their own schedules and meet up on a consistent basis. Bigs open the doors to new social, educational, and recreational experiences. One-to-one mentoring between a child facing adversity and a Big volunteer can improve the trajectory of a child's life.
What’s a Big and Little to do together? Each match is unique. Getting together doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activity—just a few hours every week doing things the Little and Big already enjoy, whether its hiking, playing sports, reading a favorite book, or sharing dreams for the future.
LUNCH BUDDIES (Site-Based)
As a Lunch Buddy, Bigs are matched with a child at their choice of Chavez (Oxnard) or Montalvo (Ventura) Elementary Schools. Over the course of the school year, Bigs spend lunch recess with their Little each week on the day that best fits their schedule.
FOSTER YOUTH MENTORING (Community-Based)You’ll feel the impact as much as your child.
A Foster Youth Mentor can make a difference in the life of a child who lives in a group home, foster home, kinship care, or treatment facility by sharing the simple things that many take for granted. Foster Youth Mentoring helps provide foster youth with the life skills and emotional support needed to successfully transition into independent living.
Children who are matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister:
- are more confident
- are more likely to steer clear of drugs and alcohol
- do better in school
- get along better with their family and friends
- feel better about themselves
Ready to enroll your child?
We accept applications for new Littles when they are 14 years old or younger. If your child is older than 14, please call our office directly to see how BBSVC's programs can work for them.
For more information about BBSVC programs or enrolling a child, please contact Monica Apodaca, Enrollment Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-484-2282.