Traditional Program: Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Big Couples (married), and Big Families. This program is designed to match children between 5 and 15 years old, with an adult who can serve as a positive role model, giving a child a chance to see their unlimited potential and providing the opportunity to develop into a more responsible, successful, well-rounded individual.
South Dakota Youth Hunting Adventures (SDYHA) is designed to instill in children a lifelong enthusiasm and respect for hunting, fishing, wildlife and habitat conservation, and landowner appreciation while providing a complete realistic hunting experience. Hunter safety is emphasized. Children must turn 12 before December 31st of that hunting year.
School Mentor Program is designed to help children reach their potential at school but isn’t limited to the classroom. Littles talk with their Bigs about class, do homework or read together. It’s about starting a friendship, providing guidance and inspiring children to succeed.
Adopt-A-Class is part of our School Mentor Program. BBBS has "adopted" first grade classrooms in the Rapid City School District. Each enrolled child in that classroom is matched with a Big. The match works on homework and reading and they build a friendship. The Little is inspired and they have help succeeding in school. Mustang Round-Up is a staff supervised group mentoring program specifically for General Beadle students. The group meets on Fridays at General Beadle and is led by high school student volunteer mentors. Campus Kids is a staff supervised group mentoring program specifically for children waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister. It meets once a week at the SD School of Mines & Technology campus and is led by college student volunteer mentors.
Be at least 16 years of age for School Mentor Program (including Adopt-A-Class), Mustang Roundup and Campus Kids, 18 years of age for the Traditional Program, 21 years of age for SDYHA.
Inform BBBS agency of any misdemeanor or felony charge, arrest, conviction, pardon or any suspended imposition of sentence incurred during the intake process and/or the match – including violations with Game Fish and Parks.
Be willing to spend about one hour each week with a child in the Traditional Program, School Based Program (including Adopt-A-Class), Mustang Roundup and Campus Kids.
Be willing to commit to at least one year in the agency’s Traditional Program, one school year in the agency’s School Mentor Program (including Adopt-A-Class) and Mustang Roundup, or one semester in Campus Kids.
Be free of drug and alcohol abuse or treatment for 3 years.
Have a valid driver’s license, access to an insured vehicle, and proof of insurance (with the exception of the School Mentor Program, Mustang Roundup or Campus Kids)
THE VOLUNTEER ENROLLMENT PROCESS CONSISTS OF:
An office interview.
A home interview (for the Traditional Program and SDYHA).
Providing personal references.
Consenting to a police background check (for those 18 years old and older).
Completing all necessary volunteer training.
Along with this application, you will be asked to submit a copy of a government-issued photo ID, as well as your driver’s license (if not used as your government-issued photo ID), and proof of auto-insurance, if you plan to transport a child within the community-based program. All applications will be given equal consideration regardless of race, age, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, religion or national origin.