BIG FUTURES

Big Futures is a career-focused mentoring program in which high school freshmen and sophomores from throughout Butler County are paired with working adults or retirees who serve as mentors who help these youth envision and plan for a successful future.

Big Futures mentors and mentees meet twice per month. Once a month, each mentor and mentee pair (called a match) meets individually in the mentor's workplace or other public location to engage in positive activities and discussions that encourage the mentee to set, work toward, and achieve goals focused on their future success. And once a month, all mentor-mentee matches attend a group field trip to a local business or organization (organized by Big Brothers Big Sisters), where they will take a tour of the business, learn about job opportunities and career paths there, and discuss topics related to the mentees' positive development and goals.

Important notice: During the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person meetings and group field trips may be limited by health and safety considerations, in which case meetings may be held virtually.

Big Futures mentors must be at least 18 years of age, have access to reliable transportation, and be willing to commit to at least one year. Interested mentors must complete an application and screening interview, provide references, and successfully pass a criminal background check and driving records check.

Adults currently in the workforce and retirees are welcome to apply to become mentors. Multiple employees from the same business or organization are also welcome to apply. We are seeking representation from a variety of industries, including the trades. Mentees in the Big Futures program must be entering 9th or 10th grade. Once matched in the program, mentees may stay matched with their mentor until they graduate high school or turn 18, whichever comes last.

For more information, contact Norma Crispin, Big Futures Program Coordinator, at norma.crispin@bbbsbutler.org.

To apply, email Norma or text "Big Futures" to 513-857-1491.