OUR PROGRAMS

Big Brothers Monitoring
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What we do today
makes a difference tomorrow.

What if...

  • Every child fulfills her potential?
  • Every child is set on the right path today?
  • Every child in Canada finishes high school, goes to college or university, gets a job and gives back to their community?

Wouldn't that be something?

Big Brother Mentoring

The Big Brothers Mentoring program provides boys and young men with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee, that is built on trust and common interests, and is supported by our experienced case-workers. The result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee.

The Big Brothers Mentoring program usually requires two regularly scheduled outings a month of several hours each and a minimum of 1 year commitment.

The program strives to do the following:

  • provide a role model and a friend for boys and young men.
  • promote the importance of staying in school and healthy relationships with family and peers.
  • instill trust and self-confidence in order to make healthy decisions.
  • encourage leadership skills and independent thinking.
  • and above all, make a difference while having fun.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a mentor or donating to the Big Brothers Mentoring program we welcome your questions.

Big Sisters Monitoring
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What we do today
makes a difference tomorrow.

What if...

  • Every child fulfills her potential?
  • Every child is set on the right path today?
  • Every child in Canada finishes high school, goes to college or university, gets a job and gives back to their community?

Wouldn't that be something?

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The Big Sisters Mentoring program provides girls and young women with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee, that is built on trust and common interests, and is supported by our experienced case-workers. The result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee.

The Big Sisters Mentoring program usually requires two regularly scheduled outings a month of several hours each and a minimum of 1 year commitment.

The program strives to do the following:

  • provide a role model and a friend for girls and young women.
  • promote the importance of staying in school and healthy relationships with family and peers.
  • instill trust and self-confidence in order to make healthy decisions.
  • encourage leadership skills and independent thinking.
  • and above all, make a difference while having fun.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a mentor or donating to the Big Sisters Mentoring program we welcome your questions.

In School Mentoring

Go back and help a child go forward

Studies show that mentoring helps kids stay in school, avoid risky behavior such as bullying, and grow up having more respect for family, peers and community.

Helping children reach their full potential can lead to positive community outcomes like a reduction in poverty and unemployment, safer schools and neighbourhoods, and a new generation of civic-minded adults.

In School Mentoring

The In School Mentoring program provides girls and boys with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with, within school grounds. For one hour a week, mentors meet with their mentee and engage in activities such as board games, crafts or just hang out in the playground.

The In School Mentoring program requires a weekly visit of 1 hour for the duration of the school year. Matches do not meet over the summer break or during other school holidays.

The program strives to do the following:

  • provide a role model and a friend for girls and boys.
  • promote the importance of staying in school and healthy relationships with family and peers.
  • instill trust and self-confidence in order to make healthy decisions.
  • encourage leadership skills and independent thinking.
  • and above all, make a difference while having fun.

In-School Mentoring Makes a Big Difference

  • 90% of mentors saw a positive change in the child they were mentoring*
  • 88% of students showed improved literacy skills*
  • 64% had developed higher levels of self-esteem *

 


* 2005 study, Employer Supported Volunteerism. Commissioned by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and conducted by Northstar Research Partners

If you would like to learn more about becoming a mentor or donating to the In-School Mentoring program we welcome your questions.

Teen Mentoring

Teen Mentoring is for caring and responsible teen volunteers in grades 11 & 12 who wishes to provide encouragement and friendship to a child. Besides playing with play-doh, painting and having fun, you will be a role model to one student. Through friendship, guidance and sharing, you will help build a child's self-esteem.

Children who spend time with a Mentor gain confidence, acquire new skills and competencies, and develop an enhanced capacity to care for others.

Mentors experience a sense of discovery and enjoyment as they see the world of possibility open up through a child's eye. Gain experience for working with children, build and enhance leadership, interpersonal and teamwork skills. Volunteering is also a great way to build your resume.

One child, one hour a week. It's a small commitment that makes a big difference. Become a mentor to a child in a school environment. You will help build a child's self-esteem and school performance while having a lot of fun. And it only takes one a week during the school year.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a mentor or donating to the Teen Mentoring program we welcome your questions.

Big for a Day

Big for a Day is a program for volunteers with a lot of heart, but not a lot of time.

Volunteers who cannot give the time needed to be a full-time Big Brother or Big Sister can be a Big Brother or Sister for a few hours or for an event whenever they have time.

The Little is often a child who is on the waiting list, who is waiting 2-4 years, for their own Big Brother or Sister, but will benefit from spending some time with a volunteer.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a mentor or donating to the Big for a Day program we welcome your questions.

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Go Girls! is a group mentoring program for girls ages 12-14 that focuses on physical activity, balanced eating and self-esteem. The single, most important goal of the program is to positively shape the lives of young women and girls by helping them build a positive self-image – setting them on a path to reach their full potential in life.

The Go Girls! program consists of seven mentoring sessions, held over a 7-10 week period, within school facilities. Each 1.5-2 hour-long session is loosely structured around four themes: physical activity, healthy eating, self-esteem, and communication skills.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a mentor or donating to the Go Girls! program we welcome your questions.

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Game On! is a group mentoring program for providing boys and young men with information and support to make informed choices about a range of healthy lifestyle practices. Through non-traditional physical activities, complemented with healthy eating support, participants are engaged in life skills, communication, and emotional health discussions designed to engage participants in the pursuit of life-long healthy lifestyles.

Game On! includes seven 75-minute core sessions. There are also four extension modules that capture potential issues and topics specific to various locales and the interests of the mentors and participants.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a mentor or donating to the Game On! program we welcome your questions.

conversation club

Conversation Club is a group mentoring program where youth, aged between 12-18 years old are mentored by volunteers between the ages of 16-24 who have an interest in helping a younger newcomer youth to Canada.

With a goal of social integration, they meet weekly in a group setting, to build connections with the youth, share their immigration experiences, practicing English conversation and presentation skills, receive homework help and learn about Canada.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a mentor or donating to the Conversation Club program we welcome your questions.

mini Bunch

A child can sometimes wait 2-4 years for a Big Brother or Big Sister. That's a long time for a child.

Mini-Bunch enables children waiting for a Big to go out on activities in a small group (around 4-5 kids) and still benefit from the wonderful volunteers who help out.

Some children have a difficult time making friends and Mini-Bunch is a welcome addition to the life of a child who has limited friendships. This allows the child to go out, have fun and gives them a sense of belonging.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a mentor or donating to the Mini Bunch program we welcome your questions.

BigCouple

Then this is the program for you. A Big Couple can spend time together mentoring to a child.

The good thing about this program is that you can see your Little together or separately, allowing for one volunteer to spend time with your Little even when the other is too busy to join in the activities.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a mentor or donating to the Couples for Kids program we welcome your questions.

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The DreamCatcher mentoring program is an innovative e-mentoring and leadership program that connects high school students in Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and other remote or isolated areas of Canada with Canadian mentors who work in the students’ aspired career-of-choice.

The purpose of the program is to provide career counselling and exploration for rural youth. Recognizing the importance of northern values, the DreamCatcher mentoring program also encourages students to take steps locally to realize their educational and career goals.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a mentor or donating to the DreamCatcher mentoring program we welcome your questions.