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 a few hours each and a minimum of a one year commitment.
The In-School mentoring program provides youth with a 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.
Big G(randparent) Program
A variation on the traditional one-to-one program, Big G matches an intergenerational mentor with an elementary school mentee. For one hour per week, they will meet at their school during the school day for the entire school year, where they will play games, get to know each other, and explore the mentee’s interests. The Big G program targets early retirees for volunteer mentorship positions and enrolls children who need the support and friendship that the Big G can provide. Big G mentors set and commit to a weekly schedule of school visits throughout the school year. As BBBS O&D volunteers, mentors in the Big G program will be provided with specialized asset-building training that they can use within their match, their families or other community groups.
Please note that at this time we are modifying this program to work with in the social distancing protocols for Covid-19. These meetings are still in the planning stages as schools find their way to their new normal.
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 7-10 week period, within school facilities. Each 1.5-2 hour-long session is loosely structured around four themes: physical activity, healthy eating, self-esteem, and communication skills.
Go Girls! is proudly supported by the staff and students at Lakehead University and Georgian College.
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 75-minute core sessions. There are also four extension modules that capture potential issues and topics specific to various locales and the interests of the mentors and participants.
Game On! is proudly supported by the staff and students at Lakehead University and Georgian College.
Big Music Mentoring
A program integrating our current model of mentoring youth in the community with an introduction to music through guitar based instruction. The program runs for eight weeks in an after-school setting, targeting kids currently on our wait list and referrals from schools and community partners. It will be offered to youth 10 –15 years of age and offered as a free program. Program goals are to Promote confidence and self-esteem through gaining knowledge and ability on an instrument and Increase cooperation, social skills and self-awareness.