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 requires one outing a week of a few hours each and a minimum of a one year 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 outing a week of several hours each and a minimum of a one year 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.

If you have questions please contact laura.asafoadjei@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

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Ethno-Racial Youth Mentoring Program (ERYM)

ERYM is a mentoring program for newcomer youth between the ages of 9 and 13 and is designed to engage and slowly develop relationships of trust, where resiliency of youth and families can be celebrated. ERYM honours, respects and works with the realities that youth and families face as they transition into the Canadian culture.

In addition to working with newcomer youth, ERYM also engages the mothers of the youth through mentoring relationships to assist them with their own adaptation process. Mother mentors provide one-on-one companionship and support for mothers of youth participants. The goal is that mother mentors can assist their mentees in understanding not only their own adaptation process but also their children’s integration to the Canadian context.

Both components consist of monthly group activities and one-on-one connections between mentors and mentees. Mentors and mentees are introduced during the monthly group activities to see if youth and mothers connect with a mentor. There is no paper matching involved.

ERYM has two primary goals:

  • To foster a relationship between Ethno-Racial youth, particularly those who may be at-risk, with a caring adult.
  • To foster a relationship between the mother of a youth program participant with a mother mentor.

Once a match is made, the mentor makes weekly connections in between the monthly activities either over the phone, by email or in person to offer support and to assist the mentees’ with developing goals.

Mentoring Youth Component:

  • Based on relational matching versus paper matching
  • Youth Mentors connect one-on-one (via internet, phone or in person) with up to three young people in between monthly group activities
  • Participate in monthly group activities and mentor led outings

Mother to Mother Component:

  • Based on relational matching versus paper matching
  • Mother mentors connect one-on-one (via internet, phone or in person) with a mother participant
  • Participate in monthly groups gatherings and mentor led outings
  • Mothers are often more comfortable with the group setting and it may take some time before they embrace a mentor

For questions about the program contact: mandy.mcdonagh@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

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Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds!

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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.

If you have questions please contact laura.asafoadjei@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

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Game On! Eat Smart, Play Smart!

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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.

If you have questions please contact laura.asafoadjei@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

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Conversation Club

Conversation Club is a group mentoring program where youth, aged between 12-18 years old are mentored by volunteers between the ages of 16-24 who have an interest in helping a younger newcomer youth to Canada.

With a goal of social integration, they meet weekly in a group setting, to build connections with the youth, share their immigration experiences, practicing English conversation and presentation skills, receive homework help and learn about Canada.

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Connect2Mentoring

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C2M focuses on teaching children about healthy relationships, how to make good friends and find mentors, all while having fun.

If you’re parent and would like to explore your child being matched in the In-School Mentoring Program, connect with your school’s principal and ask them about the first steps. Referrals for children are given to Big Brothers Big Sisters by a principal or other school liaison.

Bigs on Campus – A Western University Group

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Deciding what to do after high school can be overwhelming. Bigs on Campus is here to help make the journey less intimidating and more fun!

Bigs on Campus is a Western University group run by Western students in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters of London & Area that provides programming to our mentees (ages 9 and up), both in one to one matches and awaiting a match.

These Western University students are a group of fun and positive role models that believe access to education is important for all young people. Bigs on Campus hosts events on campus throughout the school year for mentees ages 9 and up.

Past events have included campus tours and resume writing workshops, and upcoming events include sporting events and music workshops. Matches with mentees are encouraged to attend together, to have fun on campus, as well as learn about post-secondary education and how to apply to university and college.

Unmatched mentees ages 9 and up are also encouraged to join and attend events. Unmatched teen mentees will be matched at Bigs on Campus events with a screened and trained university student who will be their mentor for the day.

Other information:

– Bigs on Campus mentors need to sign up to become a mentor on the BBBSOLA website, as well as complete a criminal record check before attending our events

– Western University students can apply to become part of the executive planning team. Applications typically go out late August until mid-September and will be posted on the Facebook page

Twitter: @bigsoncampus

Instagram: bigsoncampusuwo

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigsOnCampus/