Parent Child Interview

  • It is important that the child wants to participate in the program.
  • Our mentor managers conduct the parent/child interview in our office or in your home. It is important that you provide us with all the information to make a suitable match for your child.
  • Interviews are proven effective if they are done in a quiet setting. Other individuals in the room are a distraction for the child.
  • If you have a scheduled interview and cannot meet please call your mentor manager to reschedule.

Pre-Matching

  • This procedure is done over the phone where we tell you about the volunteer that we feel will make a good match for your child.
  • If the parent agrees and thinks that the candidate would be a good match, then a time will be set up when the parent, child, volunteer and mentor manager meet together.

Responsibilities of Parent/Guardian

  • It is important for parents to make sure the child is ready and available when the volunteer schedules an activity. If you have to cancel an activity please call the volunteer as soon as you can. It is also important that you return promptly any calls from your childs’ volunteer, remember they are volunteering their time to spend with your child. If you move or change your phone number please let your childs’ Big know as soon as possible.
  • During supervision from the mentor managers, it is important for parents to be receptive and an active participant in their child’s’ match. Please return phone calls from your mentor manager. If you move or change your phone number please let us know as soon as possible.
  • After three months there will be an evaluation of the progress of the match in which the parent, child and volunteer will complete evaluation forms. Evaluations will take place throughout the match. Parents must be an active participant in the match evaluation process.

What is Expected of Our Volunteers

  • A volunteer must attend an orientation session, participate in a thorough background check and screening, be interviewed, agree to a home visit and be evaluated by the mentor manager.
  • Volunteers are asked to make at least a one-year commitment to the child with 8 to10 hours per month spent with the child.
  • Volunteers are companions and role models-they are not substitute parents or babysitters. They are not expected to spend money on your child. Volunteers should not take any other children on their outings.

For more information, please call (315) 470-3369 ext. 307