Our inclusive mentoring programs have been changing the lives of young people in our community for over 50 years. They’re designed to help children from the ages 7 to 17  overcome childhood adversity and reach their full potential. We do this by matching them with a caring adult mentor (we call them Bigs) who spends time with them every week.

Having a Big can help young people to cope with adversities like witnessing violence and substance abuse in their home, having an unstable living situation and/or family unit, bullying and financial hardship. Children in our programs report better mental health, are more likely to finish school and form stronger social connections than children without Bigs.

1:1 In the Community

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This program matches children from 7 to 17 years of age (Littles) with a caring adult (Big) over the age of 18. Big and Little meet for 2 to 4 hours each week over the course of a year. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the match, which is built on trust and common interests. They are supported by a mentoring coordinator who provides guidance to strengthen the relationship. The result is a life-changing experience for both Big and Little.

Enrollment for this program is temporarily closed. Please check back for updates.

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1:1 for Newcomers

This program is an extension of our 1:1 in the Community mentoring program. It focuses on providing newcomer youth with a Big who can help them to transition to life in Canada.

Newcomer youth will be matched with a Big who will help them to become a part of their new community by exploring London together on outings, giving advice on how to navigate Canadian cultural norms and helping them to form social connections here in Canada, including with people who share the same cultural background.

Newcomer youth are also eligible for our Conversation Club group mentoring program. Learn more about it here.

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1:1 for Indigenous

This program is an extension of our 1:1 in the Community mentoring program. It focuses on providing Indigenous youth with a Big who can relate to the Indigenous childhood experience.

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1:1 for LGBTQ2S+ 

This program is an extension of our 1:1 in the Community mentoring program. It focuses on providing LGBTQ2S+  youth with a Big who can help them to discover who they are and feel #BigPride in it.

1:1 Virtual Mentoring

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In this program Littles are matched with a Big who meets with them on a weekly basis over video chat. Matches decide how to spend their meetings based on mutual interests. Some prefer to work on activities together or play online games while others simply use this time to talk.

This program is ideal for children and youth who may have difficulty meeting a mentor in-person due to living in a remote area or who find it more comfortable to stay at home because of medical needs.

Register for our 1:1 Virtual mentoring program here.

1:1 in Schools

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In this program, volunteer mentors are matched with children and youth, identified as needing additional support in schools in the Thames Valley District. Children referred to the ISM program may face any one of a variety of barriers to educational success. The mentor and mentee meet for one hour weekly, in school, during the school-day.

Children who participate in ISM have improved connection to their school community, improved academic performance, improved attendance and higher educational attainment.

Enrollment for this program is temporarily closed. Please check back for updates.