Our no-cost mentoring programs strive to reach young people who face adversity and are in need of an additional supportive relationship. Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies formally match young people with an adult volunteer Mentor. Mentors are professionally trained and supported to ignite the unique power and potential of each Mentee. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides every match with access to a professional caseworker who provides support to both the Mentee, Mentor and family. Current research suggests that young people are more likely to flourish when they are embedded in a web of relationships with supportive, caring adults. This is the essence of Big Brothers Big Sisters programs; providing the relationships that young people need to succeed.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring
The Traditional Big Brothers and Big Sisters program matches a ‘Little’ with a ‘Big’ aged 18+ based on mutual experiences and shared interests. The pair build a healthy, caring relationship that is supported by our experienced mentoring coordinators and can last a lifetime.
The program requires weekly scheduled outings and a minimum of a one year commitment.
Volunteers are matched with children and youth (in grades 1-8), identified as needing additional support in local DSBN and NCDSB schools within our service area.
The mentor and mentee meet for one hour weekly, in school, during the school-day, for the school year.
Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds!
Go Girls! Is a group-based mentoring program that strives to foster strong, thriving young female-identifying youth. Students aged 10-14 meet weekly with two female-identifying mentors over the course of the school-year in both the DSBN and NCDSB across our service area. The program provides a safe space for participants to cultivate life skills and confidence.
The Program consists of seven, one– hour mentoring sessions, held over a 7-week period, within school facilities.
Game On! Eat Smart, Play Smart!
Game On! is a group-based mentoring program targeting lessons of healthy lifestyles for male-identifying students aged 11-14. Participants meet weekly with two male-identifying mentors over the course of the school-year in both the DSBN and NCDSB across our service area. The curriculum focuses on gender and positive expressions of masculinity, anti-violence, healthy minds, problem solving, and healthy relationships.
The Program consists of seven, one– hour mentoring sessions, held over a 7- week period, within school facilities.