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 one scheduled outing per week for a few hours and a minimum of an 18 month commitment.

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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 one scheduled outing per week for a few hours and a minimum of an 18 month commitment.

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Couples for Kids

The Couples for Kids mentoring program provides children and youth with a pair of role models, in the form of a committed couple, to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentors and the mentee, which is built on trust and common interests, and is supported by our experienced case-workers. The result is a unique two-to-one friendship, and a life-changing experience for both the mentors and the mentee.

The Couples for Kids mentoring program usually requires one scheduled outing per week for a few hours and a minimum of an 18 month commitment.

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In-School Mentoring

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.

For more information about this program, including sample activities and other resources, please visit our program-specific website at MENTORIFFIC.ca.

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Co-op In-School Mentoring

In partnership with the Upper Grand District School Board and the Wellington Catholic District School Board, BBBSG matches high school students completing a co-operative school placement with 8 mentees that they mentor throughout a high school term. Each high school student is placed at a partnering elementary school for the morning or afternoon and he/she mentors two children each day. This program is aimed at students who are interested in social work or teaching as a career option, and gives them practical experience while earning two high school credits.

The goal of each match is to create a healthy friendship between the mentor and mentee. The high school students are given the opportunity to provide guidance, support, and encouragement through genuine connections with their mentees. They also learn valuable employable skills for their futures, like working independently, scheduling, planning age-appropriate activities, problem-solving, and maintaining open lines of communication with the mentees’ circle of support, and learn first-hand about the importance of giving back to their community.

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Bank Buddies Mentoring Program

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The Bank Buddies Program was developed by BBBSG to combat Canada’s declining standings in mathematics education and to foster a sense of financial literacy in the at-risk youth in our community. Thanks in large part to the Actuarial Foundation of Canada’s role as the Presenting Foundation, our Bank Buddies Program has been very successful since its launch in September of 2014.

The Bank Buddies Program has been integrated into the In-School Mentoring and One-to-One Match programs such that a volunteer with mathematical knowledge or financial experience mentors an at-risk youth in a one-to-one relationship in a school environment.

While maintaining our core programs’ focus on building children’s self-esteem, self-confidence and relationship skills, the Bank Buddies Program also includes a focus on mathematical literacy and financial awareness. This is accomplished through mutually enjoyable math-based activities (board games, activities, discussions, assistance with school work).

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Group

Big Bunch

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The Big Bunch (formerly “Group”) program is a community-based mentoring initiative for children who are waiting to be matched, one-to-one, with a Big Brother or Big Sister. It may also serve children who would benefit from a positive male or female role model and peer interactions with other children. Several volunteers (3-6 “Bigs” depending on size of group and ages of children) lead two monthly group outings to share fun activities which help “Littles” make new friendships & develop their social skills. Groups are typically split according to the age of the child, and may consist of all boys, all girls, or be co-ed. There are two group sessions per year (January-June and September-December). The commitment length for this program is a minimum of one year.

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Environ-Mentoring

The Environ-Mentoring Program is a group initiative whereby our Bigs and Littles attend a series of organized outings to provide opportunities to learn about nature, wildlife, and their surroundings. BBBSG has partnered with the Grand River Conservation Authority to deliver this program in conjunction with our One-to-One Match and Big Bunch Group mentoring programs. The goal is to nurture an understanding of environmental and conservation issues in the youth participating in the program. Children will have the opportunity to attend a variety of community group sessions intended to offer hands-on, curriculum-based outdoor education classes.

Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds!

Go Girls

Go Girls! is a group mentoring program for girls in grades 7-8 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 7 mentoring sessions that are held within school facilities, during school hours. Each session is 1 hour long and is loosely structured around four themes: physical activity, healthy eating, self-esteem, and communication skills. Currently, Go Girls! is run twice per year, once in the fall months, and then again in the winter.

 

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Play On!

Play On

Play On! is a group mentoring program unique to Guelph, for girls in grades 5 and 6 that mirrors the Go Girls! objectives and pillars, focusing 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.

Like Go Girls!, the Play On! program consists of 7 mentoring sessions that are held within school facilities, during school hours. Each session is 1 hour long and is loosely structured around four themes: physical activity, healthy eating, self-esteem, and communication skills. Currently, Play On! is run twice per year, once in the fall months, and then again in the winter.

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Game On! Eat Smart, Play Smart!

Game On

Game On! is a group mentoring program for providing boys and young men in grades 7 and 8 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 1-hour mentoring sessions that are held within school facilities, during school hours. Game On! is run twice per year, once in the fall months, and then again in the winter.

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