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 an adult 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.
In-School Teen Mentoring
The In-School Teen Mentoring program is just like our In-School Mentoring program but involves high school students as the mentors. Grade 11 or 12 students from partner schools spend one hour a week mentoring a child at an elementary school. The mentoring takes place on school property and involves activities of interest to both, such as playing board games, reading, playing on the computer, sports, crafts, etc.
The In-School Teen Mentoring program requires a weekly visit of 45 minutes to 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 14 week period, within school facilities. Each 45 minute-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 core sessions spread over a period of 7-10 weeks. There are also four extension modules that capture potential issues and topics specific to various locales and the interests of the mentors and participants.
Big Bunch provides children and youth with mentoring support through group-based recreational programming. By participating in recreational activities children and youth develop self-esteem and social skills.
Each group of 4 to 8 young people has a minimum of two mentors. Bi-weekly sessions over a 10 week period include activities that are chosen to promote relationships between mentees and mentors, and between mentees themselves. They vary from activities in a gym (sports/games/crafts) to attending special events. Big Bunch groups can be school-based or community-based.
Programs for Wait list
The MENTOR Links program was developed to encourage engagement while simultaneously maintaining contact between the agency and the families of youth waiting for a traditional 1-to-1 match. The program provides youth with the opportunity to benefit from contact with positive and caring adult mentors, hopefully sparking new friendships without the stress of a long-term commitment from our adult volunteers!
The MENTOR Links program involves small group outings involving youth on our wait-list, volunteer mentors and Big Brothers Big Sisters staff. Outings consist of various activities, such as karaoke, cultural dancing, archery, bowling, board games, arts & crafts, cooking, hiking, sports, as well as seasonal and community events. The program also provides an opportunity for agency staff to get to know the children better, ultimately aiding in the pairing of the best match possible between the child and their future Big.
ONE OF OUR GOALS IS TO PROVIDE YOUTH ON OUR WAIT-LIST WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO:
- Learn about their own strengths and build their confidence
- Understand what it means to be an empathetic, compassionate and caring individual
- Learn how to identify appropriate mentors in their lives
- Understand how to create strong and healthy connections with others in their community
- Build skills such as teamwork, communication and decision making while having fun
ACCOMMODATING OUR AMAZING VOLUNTEERS
This program provides adult volunteers with the options of making short-term or flexible commitments. Volunteers can sign up for whichever outings they are available for and can attend as many or as few outings as their schedule allows. MENTOR Links also offers new volunteers the opportunity to experience what being a Big is really like through participation in the small group activities. Once volunteers see how awesome these youth are, we hope to see new bonds ignited in the form of traditional 1-to-1 matches!