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Big Sisters Mentoring

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 Big Sisters Mentoring

Big Sisters Mentoring matches adult  volunteers over the age of 18 with children between the ages of six and sixteen. Matches spend time together for 2-4 hours on a regular basis. We recommend weekly outings; however, we want to work around our volunteer's schedules.

You can help a child succeed while feeling good about yourself! Mentoring is a powerful way of lending support to a young person just by hanging out! You can teach skills, listen to their perspectives, and create a sense of belonging. You can help a child or youth develop confidence, self-esteem and social skills to be a productive member of society.

There are a handful of steps to complete the enrollment process and consist of:

1. Complete a Volunteer Application, including a Police Information Check and Child Welfare Intervention Record Check.

2. Participate in an Applicant Interview. We want to make the best match possible! By noting your stated preferences, activities you enjoy, your background, personality, etc. we carefully create a compatible match.

3. Attend Pre-Match Training and Agency Orientation where you will learn all you need to know about your role as a mentor.

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.
  • and above all, make a difference while having fun.
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If you would like to learn more about becoming a mentor or donating to the Big Sisters Mentoring program we welcome your questions. You can apply now contact us or e-mail Kate Leeming, Caseworker directly at Kate.Leeming@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca 

Click here to print Application

Testimonial

After retiring from a teaching career and being an empty-nester I found myself missing the joy, laughter and warmth of children. I was having "kid withdrawal"! I not only wanted fulfillment in own life, but also wanted to make a difference in someone else's. Kyra and I are alike in so many ways . . . we both love to read, go biking, swimming, and our birthdays are only 5 days apart! We discuss teenage issues, religion, movies, books and any challenges she's having with family or friends. We started hanging out when Kyra was 10 and she's almost 16 now. I see her 2 or 3 times a month. We've spent time at the lake, gone to many performance in the city, baked many brownies, attended Horse Camp twice, toured historical sites, gone to her rugby practices, etc. We have become good friends and we revel in similar interests. Are you looking to influence someone's life? Do you need a void filled in your heart? Call Big Brothers Big Sisters to make a difference in a child's heart (and your own).

~ Big Sister Joyce

Still not sure mentoring is right for you? Try our Online Orientation


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