One to One Mentoring

Big Brother Mentoring

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The Big Brother program provides mentoring to young people who identify as male. The program connects its participants with a role model and friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through weekly 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.

This program is currently running virtually.


Big Sister Mentoring

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The Big Sister program provides mentorship to young people who identify as female. The program connects its participants with a role model and friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through weekly 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.

This program is currently running virtually.


Big Couple/Family Mentoring

Big Couple Match

Big Couples or Big Families provide mentorship to a young person on a minimum 2:1 ratio. Couples (in a relationship for a minimum of 2 years) are matched with a young person based on similar likes, interests and goals.

This program gives young people the opportunity to build a strong and unique relationship with their mentors, which can resonate for years to come. Through regular outings, mentors’ model positive behaviors/lifestyles that can make a life-changing impact for their mentee. Matches meet for weekly activities based on their combined schedules.

This program is currently running virtually.


In-School Mentoring

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The In-School mentoring program provides elementary-aged youth people with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up within school grounds. Each week, mentors meet with their mentee and engage in activities such as board games, crafts or just hang out on school grounds. In-School Mentoring takes place once a week for the duration of the school year. Matches do not meet over the summer break or during other school holidays.

This program is currently running virtually.

Note: This program involves a referral from our school partners; however, if you have questions about this program and client enrollment, please contact: Jessica.Lowry@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

PAL Program

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Our kids need us now more than ever. When the COVID-19 pandemic further isolated vulnerable young people, Big Brothers Big Sisters continued to be an essential service in our local communities. We immediately introduced virtual mentoring through the PAL Program. Virtual mentoring has enabled us to provide young people with a caring mentor and friend, especially when needed most.

The PAL Program offers 1:1 mentoring remotely, helping to ensure that the immediate social and mental health needs of vulnerable young people in our communities continue to be addressed during the pandemic and beyond. The PAL Program requires a minimum weekly voluntary commitment of 1-hour.

This program is currently running virtually.


Group

Adventure Canada Connections

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Adventure Canada Connections (ACC) is a group mentoring program for newcomer youth that are elementary-aged. The program offers a role model, mentor and a friend to newcomer youth, helping with their adjustment to Canada. ACC is led by volunteers who have an interest in helping mentees build confidence so they can reach their full potential.

With a goal of social integration, ACC participants meet in a group setting to build connections. Mentoring sessions include educational activities, games and potential for homework help or open discussion. Mentees will practice English language skills, make new friends, learn more about Canada’s cultures and traditions, and most importantly — have fun. ACC takes place weekly over 7-10 sessions.

This program is currently running virtually.

Note: This program involves a referral from our school partners; however, if you have questions about this program and client enrollment, please contact: Zack.Jones@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

Cultural Mentorship Program

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The Cultural Mentorship Program aims to create and develop mentoring relationships with a focus of embracing Caribbean and African cultures. This Program is offered to young people ages 12-18, who identify as being part of the black community.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in activities that reflect on cultural history, carnival arts, cultural icons, micro ventures, business methods and diaspora experiences. The program encourages black youth to make healthy and safe choices, increase resiliency and build a strong cultural identity all within the scope of cultural mentorship initiatives. This group program takes places weekly over 10-20 sessions.

This program is currently running virtually.


Exploring Possibilities

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Exploring Possibilities offers mentorship and support for youth enrolled in high-school, helping them explore and prepare for life after high-school. Each program session connects youth with a guest speaker from a different field. Different workshops are also offered through this program including career exploration, resume and interview skills, social media awareness. Exploring Possibilities takes place during the regular school year.

Youth in this program are interested in hearing from a diverse group of professionals and/or university students. We are always looking for guest speakers in the following fields: Resume Writing, Interview Skills, Entrepreneurship, Medical Field – Doctors (both human and animal), University/College Educators, Lawyers, Engineers, Business Backgrounds, CEOs/Directors (people in management in their career field), Life Coaches.

If you are interested in program enrollment or becoming a guest speaker, please contact Zack.Jones@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

This program is currently running virtually.

Game On! Eat Smart, Play Smart!

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Game On! is a group mentoring program for elementary-aged young people who identify as male. The program aims to provide its participants 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! takes place weekly over 7-10 sessions.

This program is currently running virtually.

Note: This program involves a referral from our school partners; however, if you have questions about this program and client enrollment, please contact: Zack.Jones@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

GLOW (Girls Linking Our Worlds)

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Girls Linking Our Worlds (GLOW) is a group mentoring program for young people ages 11-14 who identify as female. The program focuses on empowerment, leadership development and helping its participants feel confident in all aspects of their identity.

Through mentoring relationships, discussions, along with creative and physical activities, volunteers help participants explore different cultures and celebrate diversity, learn different techniques for physical, mental and emotional well being, as well as develop empathic communication skills. GLOW takes place weekly over 10 sessions.

This program is currently running virtually.

Note: This program involves a referral from our school partners; however, if you have questions about this program and client enrollment, please contact: Lauren.Kenwood@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds!

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Go Girls! is a group mentoring program for young people ages 12-14 who identify as female. The program 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 people by helping them build a positive self-image, setting them on a path to reach their full potential in life.

Go Girls! is structured around four themes: physical activity, healthy eating, self-esteem, and communication skills. The program takes place weekly over 7-10 sessions.

This program is currently running virtually.

Note: This program involves a referral from our school partners; however, if you have questions about this program and client enrollment, please contact: Lauren.Kenwood@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

Homework Club

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Homework Club is an after school mentoring program for elementary-aged young people. In this program, high-school students are a mentor for participants who require academic, social and/or emotional support.

With the goal of increasing student success, young people are matched one-on-one with a teen mentor in a group setting and are supervised by an adult volunteer. Programs run weekly after school from October – May.

This program is currently running virtually.

Note: This program involves a referral from our school partners; however, if you have questions about this program and client enrollment, please contact: Katie.Prestage@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

Kids in the Quarantine Kitchen

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Kids in the Quarantine Kitchen (KITQK) supports children and families by offering an opportunity to build on skills and relationships. The virtual program not only provides children with the tools needed to have independence and confidence in the kitchen, but a means of socialization during the pandemic.

Participants will learn cooking safety, techniques and will prepare meals together. In advance of each class, tools and ingredients needed to prepare the weekly recipe will be delivered to participants homes. KITQK is offered in 4-week sessions and is led by agency staff alongside guest chefs.

This program is currently running virtually with our next intake planned for Fall 2021.

If you are interested in program enrollment or becoming a guest chef, please contact: Zack.Jones@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

SOAR (Social Opportunities Activities and Relationships)

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SOAR is a group-based program that was created specifically for young people who are waiting to be matched with a mentor.

SOAR members participate in social, educational and recreational activities in a positive, group mentoring atmosphere. Group activities take place weekly and include: recreation and sports, games and crafts, special events, personal development, nature and the environment, volunteer/community work and employment preparation.

This program is on a temporary hold and not being offered currently.

If you have questions about this program, please contact: Zack.Jones@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

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