One to One Mentoring
Big Brothers Mentoring
The Big Brothers mentoring program provides boys and young men with a role model to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee, which 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 a few hours each and a minimum of a one year commitment.
Big Sisters mentoring
The Big Sisters mentoring program provides girls and young women with a role model to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee, which 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 a one year commitment.
The In-School mentoring program provides youth with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up 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 on school grounds.
The In-School mentoring program requires a weekly visit of one hour for the duration of the school year. Matches do not meet over the summer break or during other school holidays.
Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds!
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.
Game On! Eat Smart, Play Smart!
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.
Other Mentoring Programs
Big Brothers Big Sisters has other mentoring programs available to meet the unique needs of our community. Some of the programs being offered in our community include:
Cops for Kids
A partnership with local and provincial law enforcement officers and staff volunteer to take our unmatched children on group activities.
Big Couple Match
Volunteer with your partner or spouse and be matched to a mentee (boy or girl). This is a great way for both of you to give the gift of friendship to a child.
What if there were a place to truly connect with someone?
A constructive social circle to join? What if this circle was centered around the needs of each individual youth?
Youth can casually meet in a group setting and determine if there is a connection with a volunteer or be presented with one-to-one mentoring options. Information is collected through conversations and questionnaires to makes solid match suggestions, but ultimately the choice belongs to each young person. The match is focused on the youth’s interests and needs, and supported by incredible service delivery staff who care deeply about fostering healthy relationships. Once matched, mentors spend regular time with their mentees over the course of one or more years together.
Young people can join The Circle if they want a mentor in their life, are aged 10-18, and identify with some of the following:
- Economic adversity / living in poverty
- Exposure to violence in the family or community
- Not engaged in education / school
- Peer difficulties (including bullied / bullying)
- Mental health issue (depression and/or anxiety, self-harm, etc.)
- Substance misuse
- Contact with police
- In Care or history of involvement with Child Welfare
- Other marginalized / racialized identity