Over the years, The University of New Mexico has been treasure trove of mentors for the organization Big Brothers Big Sisters’ (BBBS) Mentor 2.0 program. BBBS is hoping once again the University comes through as it continues its search for volunteers to mentor young adults.

The program is perfect for those who want to volunteer and impact the community, but find it difficult to do with a busy schedule. Now, volunteers can mentor from home, the office or even the airport thanks to the digital twist on BBBS one-on-one mentoring programs.

Since 1904, BBBS has been changing children’s lives by matching them with caring adults to guide them on a path to success. Mentor/mentee matches get to know each other through an innovative combination of weekly messages (via a secure web-based platform) and monthly group events at the high school that mentor 2.0 organizes and hosts.

Mentor requirements

  • All mentors must be at least 21 years of age and hold a college degree (2+ year degree) or significant life experience.
  • A reliable internet connection.
  • Commitment to mentoring for at least one year.
  • Commitment to sending one weekly message on an interesting topic that mentor 2.0 provides through the mentor 2.0 platform.
  • Commit to seeing mentee once every four to six weeks for two hours at a mentor 2.0 facilitated after-school event at their school from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Agree to only communicate and meet within the above framework (for curriculum focus and program fidelity). After junior year and a strong relationship foundation has been established, opportunities for outside communication and meetings on your own may be a possibility.

Volunteer Today

  • Complete the mentor 2.0 online application.
  • After submitting the application, a BBBS Customer Relations Specialist will reach out with more information including training dates.
  • BBBS will complete a background check and interview with each volunteer mentor.
  • Be prepared to message and meet mentee at the start of the school year.

Mentor 2.0 currently partners with Amy Biehl High School and South Valley Academy.

For questions, contact Sebastian Martinez, BBBS community recruitment coordinator, at Sebastian.Martinez@bbbs-cnm.org.

For additional volunteer opportunities visit the BBBS website.