Positively changing North Simcoe

SERVING CANADA’S COMMUNITIES

This year alone Big Brothers Big Sisters impacted over 40,000 youth in over 1,100 communities across Canada.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Simcoe(BBBSNS) has been in existence for over 40 years, and serves the areas of Midland, Penetanguishene, Tiny, Tay, Springwater Townships and Christian Island.  BBBSNS is committed to the healthy development of children/youth in need, and their families in providing the highest quality volunteer based mentoring programs.

As a non-profit Agency, we rely solely on donations, fundraisers, sponsorships, grants and a lot of community spirit.

Over 160 children and youth were serviced in North Simcoe last year.

 

 

REPUTABLE AND ACCOUNTABLE

Providing life changing mentoring experiences since 1912, Big Brothers Big Sisters was named One of Financial Post’s Top 25 Charities in 2016.

IMPROVING SOCIETY

Every $1 invested in our programming returns between $18-$23 to society through taxes, higher incomes, volunteerism, and charitable donations.

VISION

Every child in North Simcoe who needs a Mentor, Has a Mentor.

MISSION

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Simcoe is committed to the healthy development of children in need and their families providing the highest quality volunteer based mentoring programs.

GOALS

  • To serve more children
  • To achieve sustainable growth
  • To further develop our resources
  • To build influence within our communities

 

 

 

STRUCTURE

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Simcoe’s catchment areas include Midland, Penetanguishene, Tay, Tiny Springwater Townships and Christian Island.  Our agency serves up to 200 children and youth annually.  BBBSNS currently has 3 staff, 9 Board members and 56 volunteers.

 

ISSUE

Many children and youth in Canada struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives.

IMPACT

Facing prolonged adversity creates toxic stress in the brain that can negatively impact development.

SOLUTION

With the support of a mentor, these risks can be reduced or even avoided, and youth can reach their full potential.

Our Solution

Many children and youth in North Simcoe struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives like detrimental living conditions, family violence, risk factors for mental health, school issues and identity challenges.

These circumstances have nothing to do with the value of who they are or who they can become, but because of these situations, children and youth risk not having the opportunity to live up to their full potential.

Even worse is the possibility of continuing cycles of poverty and crime or developing mental health issues.

This comes at a cost to the young person, and to society.

With the guidance and support of a mentor, these risks can be reduced or even avoided, and youth are reminded they can be anything they dream of being.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Simcoe has been in operation for over 40 years.  In 2002 Big Brothers and Big Sisters amalgamated.   Together we mobilize over 56 volunteers who in turn mentor up to 200 children and young people.   We currently have a waiting list of up to 50 children.

2.2 million volunteer hours each year

Each Big Brother Big Sister agency provides direct service to children by matching volunteers and youths in quality mentoring relationships. Our agency staff members are experts at screening volunteers and matching them with a mentee having similar interests.

The national organization provides services and programs to our member agencies to assist them with their work with parents, mentees, and volunteers. Ranging from staff training workshops to our leading Child Safety Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada works diligently to ensure we have superior quality programming in all parts of the country.