TransMentoring Program

Matching local trans-children/youth with trans-adult mentors

Program Details

The TransMentoring Program is part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters One-to-One Mentoring Program.  The TransMentoring Program is designed to provide young trans people with trans mentors who can be positive influences, answer the hard questions, and serve as role models that inspire Littles to be themselves.  In this program we match 7-17 year old trans-children/youth with trans-adult mentors.

Healthy communities are built by empowering young people to lead vibrant, healthy and productive lives.  We work to create positive matches that enrich the lives of both the mentor and the mentee.  So many children wish for someone to talk to, someone to relate to, someone to tell them that how they feel and who they are is more than just normal, it is extraordinary!

Big Brothers Big Sisters makes every effort to assure that Bigs are matched with Littles who share your interests so that the relationship will be rewarding and mutually beneficial. Littles come from a variety of backgrounds and economic levels which adds richness to the relationship.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is an inclusive organization. We accept people of all genders and sexual orientations.  Our professional staff screens,  interviews, and trains every volunteer.

Become a Mentor

Volunteer for a few hours, two to four times a month, to hang out with a child/youth that just needs a friend & mentor. Play ball, garden, have a bonfire, cook, go to the beach, whatever will be fun for you both! You will help your Little grow through some of the most impressionable years of their life.

Volunteers say the time spent with their Littles is one of the most rewarding parts of their life. Best of all, you will support your Little’s positive self-esteem that all children deserve to have.


  • A desire to have fun, relax, and be a friend to a child/youth.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have a car or access to a car.
  • Have a valid California Drivers license.
  • Provide proof of auto insurance.
  • Never been convicted of a felony involving harm to others or currently on probation with the law.
  • Agree to be matched with a child for a period of at least one year.
  • Meet with your Little at least 2-4 times per month (3-5 hours per visit).

Volunteers Apply

Fill out an online application. Or Call the agency at 831-464-8691 or email to contact a staff member with any questions.

If you prefer, you can download an application and mail it to the Agency.

Enroll a Little

Littles are children living in Santa Cruz County that will benefit from a one-to-one relationship with a positive adult friend/role model.  They meet 2—4 times a month, on a schedule that works best for your family.

All Littles need and want the friendship of an adult to have fun and help them through difficult childhood experiences.


  • A desire by both the parent/guardian and child to be a part of the program
  • Child age 7-17 years old (or about to turn 7 years old)
  • Lives in Santa Cruz County

Littles Apply

Fill out an online application Or call the agency at 831-464-8691 or email to contact a staff member with any questions.

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