High School Bigs

Mentoring younger students is a great way for high school students to learn about the importance of giving back to others and learn valuable coaching skills.

High School Bigs Program is available in Otero and San Juan Counties only

The High School Bigs program engages high school students as peer mentors for elementary and middle school youth. High school mentors commit to spending 1 hour a week at the elementary school site with their mentee for a minimum of one school year (although most matches last longer). High school students will gain a special friend and have fun with their Little by playing games, going on the playground, completing teacher-directed activities, and hanging out as a way to increase the mentee’s self confidence and help them with preteen issues. It’s really all about the Big and Little sharing who they are and building a consistent friendship. 

When a high school student and a mentee are matched, they are not left on their own. Our staff works with the high school student to help them develop the coaching skills to help their mentee with school and peer relationships. Our staff also works with the mentee’s teachers and parents to make sure that the pair is working toward goals that are beneficial for the child.

Requirements for Volunteers

  • Volunteer is a high school sophomore, junior, or senior
  • Volunteer is able to commit for at least one school year for at least 1 hour per week
  • Volunteer has transportation to the school (may include walking)

Volunteer completes all required background checks, interview and reference checks.

Interested in becoming a High School Big?  Volunteer Here: