Changing the way children grow up in Santa Cruz County

Our Programs

One to One Mentoring Program

One-to-one mentoring is the mainstay of Big Brothers Big Sisters.  As a Big, you will be carefully and individually matched with a compatible Little.  The process involves interviews with all parties, including the parents, with our staff working with you all the way.  You must be at least 18 years old and be able to spend a few hours a week with your Little for a minimum of one year.

How to Apply
- Fill out an online application
- Call the agency at 831-464-8691 or click here to contact a staff member with any questions

After-School Enrichment and Mentoring Program

How to Help
- Volunteer either on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons, for 6 months or more. Help students with their homework. Laugh and enjoy their company while doing fun and educational projects. Assist in guest speakers’ time with the children. Have a great time making a big difference!
(And, if you had difficulty in school or overcame language barriers, you can provide unique insight.)

Help Kids Excel in South County
Tuesdays: 3:30-5:30pm OR
Wednesdays: 3:30-5:30pm



Requirements

- A desire to contribute your personality, skills and talents to the program!
- Minimum volunteer age: 16+
- 6 month+ commitment, to one of the locations

How to Apply

- Fill out an online application here
- Call the agency at 831-464-8691 or click here to speak to a staff member with any questions



Program Details

The Big Brothers Big Sisters After-School Enrichment Program is offered at two housing complexes in Watsonville. An on-site staff member coordinates this program. Mentors assist children in their homework, in the areas of math, science, social studies and writing. The program includes guest speakers on a regular basis to address topics important to the students’ social, academic and leadership development.

The program was developed in recognition of the fact that many children, especially those with limited English proficiency, are falling behind in their studies, and ultimately dropping out of school. Program evaluation has shown that with additional one-to-one support and academic assistance provided by our volunteer mentors, participating children develop greater interest in school, improve their school performance and are more likely to graduate.

All volunteers for this program, like all Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers, are interviewed, screened, and trained by our professional agency staff.

Changing the way children grow up in Watsonville.
BE A PART OF THE CHANGE