Positively changing Guelph
SERVING GUELPH AND THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph impacts the lives of more than 700 youth in Guelph and the communities of Aberfoyle, Ariss, Eramosa, Morriston, Puslinch, and Rockwood.
REPUTABLE AND ACCOUNTABLE
Providing life changing mentoring experiences in Guelph since 1968, Big Brothers Big Sisters is consistently recognized as one of Financial Post’s Top 25 Charities each year.
Every $1 invested in our programming returns between $18-$23 to society through taxes, higher incomes, volunteerism, and charitable donations.
THE CONFIDENCE TO ACHIEVE MORE
All Young People Realize Their Full Potential.
We enable life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of all young people.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is a Federation comprised of more than 100 member agencies, servicing more than 1,100 communities across the country.
Many children and youth in Guelph struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives.
Facing prolonged adversity creates toxic stress in the brain that can negatively impact development.
With the support of a mentor, these risks can be reduced or even avoided, and youth can reach their full potential.
Many children and youth in Guelph 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 Canada is a Federation comprised of more than 100 member agencies, servicing more than 1,100 communities across the country. In Guelph, we mobilize more than 300 volunteers annually who in turn mentor 700+ children and young people. That works out to nearly:
Over 21,000 volunteer hours each year
We provide 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.