One to One Mentoring

Big Brothers Mentoring

The Big Brothers Mentoring program matches boys and young men with a uniquely suited male role model to talk to and share common interests with.  Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee that is built on trust and consistency.  With the support of their volunteer mentors, children are able to increase their self-confidence, enhance social skills, and engage in new experiences within their community.

The Big Brothers Mentoring program requires two regularly scheduled outings a month of several hours each and a minimum of 1 year commitment.

The program strives to do the following:
  • Provide a role model and a friend for boys and young men
  • Promote the importance of staying in school and healthy relationships with family and peers
  • Instill trust and self-confidence in order to make healthy decisions
  • Encourage leadership skills and independent thinking
  • Above all, make a difference while having fun
Thinking about becoming a Big Brother Mentor ?
  • Mentors must be at least 18 years old
  • Able to commit 3-4 hours weekly/bi-weekly for a minimum of 12 months
  • Not anticipating any major life changes that could impact a match (i.e. moving, change in employment, etc.)
  • Have a valid driver’s license, insurance, and access to a vehicle
  • Would like to have fun and build a positive relationship with a child

ENROL A YOUNG PERSON

Big Sisters Mentoring

The Big Sisters Mentoring program matches girls and young women with a uniquely suited female role model to talk to and share common interests with.  Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee that is built on trust and consistency.  With the support of their volunteer mentors, children are able to increase their self-confidence, enhance social skills, and engage in new experiences within their community.

The Big Sisters Mentoring program requires two regularly scheduled outings a month of several hours each and a minimum of 1 year commitment.

The program strives to do the following:
  • Provide a role model and a friend for girls and young women
  • Promote the importance of staying in school and healthy relationships with family and peers
  • Instill trust and self-confidence in order to make healthy decisions
  • Encourage leadership skills and independent thinking
  • Above all, make a difference while having fun
Thinking about being a Big Sisters Mentor ?
  • Mentors must be at least 18 years old
  • Able to commit 3-4 hours weekly/bi-weekly for a minimum of 12 months
  • Not anticipating any major life changes that could impact a match (i.e. moving, change in employment, etc.)
  • Have a valid driver’s license, insurance, and access to a vehicle
  • Would like to have fun and build a positive relationship with a child
ENROL A YOUNG PERSON

School-Based Mentoring

The School-Based mentoring program provides youth with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up within the school year. For one hour a week, mentors meet with their mentee, either virtually or in person, and engage in activities such as board games, crafts, sports, reading or just spending time together.

The School-Based 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

The program strives to do the following:
  • Provide a role model and a friend
  • Promote the importance of staying in school and healthy relationships with family and peers.
  • Encourage leadership skills and independent thinking
  • Instill trust and self-confidence in order to make healthy decisions

 

ENROL A YOUNG PERSON

Teen Mentoring

The Teen Mentoring program matches students in grades 9-12 from a partnering High School with students in ages 7-12 from the community. The mission of the Teen Mentoring Program is to engage students in creating welcoming, caring, respectful and safe communities through the development of positive mentoring relationships.  

 

Teen mentors commit to spending consistent, weekly time with a child (mentee) being a friend, role model, and confidant. Teen mentors meet one-to-one with an assigned mentee from our community and participate in games, activities, crafts, conversation, and goal setting from October until the end of the school year.  

Teen Mentor Volunteer Application

 

For more information, contact Asia Thompson at asia.thompson@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

Group

Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds!

Go Girls! is a group mentoring program for female identifying youth ages 11-14 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- week period, within local school/community facilities . Each 1.5-2 hour-long session is structured around four themes: physical activity, healthy eating, self-esteem, and communication skills. Through out COVID-19 this program will be offered virtually.

By helping the girls to become more informed about making healthy choices and by conveying the message that being active can still be fun, the girls become equipped to incorporate these values into their lives.

Go Girls! Fall 2022

Interested in having your daughter join the next session ? Our next sessions are beginning soon! Follow the link below to Pre-Register for the program and to get connected with our Mentoring Coordinator, Asia Thompson to complete registration and pre-match training.

REGISTER HERE FOR GO GIRLS! FALL 2022

Our Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 Virtual Go Girls! was a success!

But don’t just take our word for it; Here is some of the feedback we heard from the girls who completed the program:

As a result of the program I want to make the following changes in my life :

  • “To have an active lifestyle and be happy with who I am.”
  • “I will try to be more happy with who I am, and about what I stand for and believe.”
  • “Use the mediation bottle to help me relax and destress more often”
  • “Participate More”

Thank you so much to our Community Partners:

  • Dionne Thomson of Dionne Thomson Coaching
  • Amanda Gazzola of RELOVE + RISE Coaching
  • Ingrid Rijo of The Feel Good Nurse
  • Jo Mazgay of West Coast Soul & Generation Empowered
  • Jennifer McConnell of Fresh Baked Consulting
  • & Our newest Community Partner Melissa Leroux, Indigenous Education Resource Teacher SCDSB

Additional thanks to Mentor Shannon Hitchman from the Boys & Girls Club, Mentor Caitlin Hampton , and to the Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow Grant that made this collaboration possible !

Focused on healthy choices, positive relationships, and developing tools and practices for fostering self-esteem. Our “Go Goddesses” taught lessons on how to set boundaries, listen to their body, & manage their inner critic — we are so grateful for their shared knowledge, lessons, and experiences!

Game On! Eat Smart, Play Smart!

Game On! is a group mentoring program providing male identifying youth 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. These sessions capture potential issues and topics specific to various locales and the interests of the mentors and participants.

For more information on this program, or to get on our waitlist, please email our mentoring coordinator: Asia Thompson.

Big Bunch Program

The Big Bunch Program is available for both Little Brothers and Little Sisters who are waiting for a mentor.  it is a fun and friendly group activities program offering volunteers a unique opportunity to interact with other Bigs and Littles.  The program runs monthly for 2-3 hours.

Some examples of the outings that our Big Bunch Program offers include

  • Bowl for Kids Sake
  • Christmas Party and Santa Claus Parade
  • Sailing at Midland Sailing Club
  • Canada’s Wonderland
  • Wye Marsh/Quest Art day