As of November 25 2021, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa requires all volunteers to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 Virus. Volunteers are required to provide proof of vaccination in order to participate in our programs. 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa and Renfrew County. We are thrilled that you recognize the value of youth mentoring and the impact it can have on the life of a child as we are always looking for like-minded people to get involved and support our cause.

Please review the information above each application to ensure you’re applying to the program best-suited to you.


PRISM program matches children and youth who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ with an adult mentor who also identifies as 2SLGBTQ+ for a one on one mentoring relationship.


BIGS Community Mentoring Program

Mentoring a child as a BIG gives you the opportunity to provide young children  (ages 6-14) with a role model and friend; somebody to talk to, share experiences about growing up with, and to help them discover their full potential.

Time Commitment: 2-4 hours/week, evenings and/or weekends, minimum of one year
Children ages 6-14
Virtual options available
This application is for adults (ages 18+)

MPower Youth Mentoring Program

MPower is a program that collaborates with young people aged 15-24 who want to have a mentor in their lives. If you want support to help you be successful as an adult, or someone to connect with and do activities together, this program is for you.

As a young person 15-24 years old, you meet potential mentors at group events and you decide who you share a connection with and who will make a great mentor for you.

Time Commitment: 8-10 hours/month, evenings and/or weekends, minimum of two years
Youth ages 15-24
Virtual options available
This application is for adults (ages 18+)

In-School Mentoring Program

Our In-School Mentoring Program provides all children with a role model and friend to talk to all from the familiar space of their own school. Bigs and Littles will share experiences and stories of school and growing up for an hour every week.

Time Commitment: 1 hour/week during school days/hours, duration of the school year.
Mentor youth ages 6-12
This application is for adults (ages 18+)

Meet You in School Mentoring Program

Mentoring can play an impressive role in the life of a Little. It’s also often life-changing for a Big. Meet You In School mentoring gives senior high school students and college students on placement an opportunity to act in a mentoring role with elementary school children between the ages of 7 and 11.