Please provide your basic information and we will forward it to the agency for follow up

How it Works

How The Volunteering Process Works
  • Ensure you are comfortable with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor Requirements and Responsibilities
  • Complete the Inquiry Form or contact Volunteer Coordinator Allison Haskins at 905-726-2149 ext. 310 or
  • Attend and complete a Volunteer Information Session
  • Attend and complete a Volunteer Pre-Match Training Session
  • Provide a completed Volunteer Application 
  • Submit an original Police Vulnerable Sector Certificate (PVSC)
  • Submit three or four References (depending on circumstances)
  • Complete Accessibility Training. (Click here for the YORK REGION ACCESSIBILITY TRAINING VIDEO)
  • Applicants for the Big Brotherand Big Sister programs must submit a clear copy of the front and back of their driver’s license and vehicle insurance (all other volunteer applicants must submit a photo ID – driver’s license not required)
  • Participate in a one-to-one interview (and home assessment) with a Program Coordinator
  • Volunteers applicants will receive notification via mail or email once their file has been discussed by the Program Team and a decision regarding acceptance has been made
  • Additional program specific training is required for Go Girls!, Game On!, andRecreation Mentoring
The Matching Process

Similar to the application and assessment process, the matching process can vary from agency to agency and from program to program, but in general:

  • The caseworker, now familiar with the volunteer and the children and youth waiting to be matched, discusses a potential match with the volunteer, the child or youth, and, depending on the program, with the family
  • The caseworker arranges for a meeting between the child or youth, the volunteer mentor, and often the parent or guardian

If everyone agrees, the match can begin!