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Mentors (Bigs) meet with their mentees (Littles) to explore the community, build natural supports and broaden their experiences of the world. In this community based program matches build a strong connection participating in activities from soccer games to symphonies. This program is a fit for you if you can express care, challenge growth, provide support, share power, and expand possibilities. Due to COVID-19, we pivoted our programming to also include virtual mentoring where mentors and mentees meet weekly online to help mentees build self-confidence and resiliency through a variety of activities while mentors can express care, challenge growth and provide support and expand possibilities. Being a mentor in-person or in a virtual setting allows many of our children and youth the opportunity to have the one-on-one relationships that they desperately need, especially during times when they may feel more isolated than ever. With so many unknowns heading into the school year, virtual mentoring is a great way to connect and continue the great mentor relationships that will ultimately help our youth and children navigate these unprecedented times. For mentors, a time commitment of less than 40 hours a year will result in a big impact. All applicants complete an initial application, interview and training before being matched with a young person between the ages of 6 and 24. Our caring, professional team will be there with you the entire way, ensuring you have all the support you need in applying, making a connection with your Little, and being the best mentor you can be.
Big Brothers Big Sisters creates and empowers quality one-to-one mentoring relationships for children and youth in Calgary, Airdrie, Cochrane, Okotoks and surrounding communities. Our staff members are experts at recruiting and screening volunteers; making intentional, meaningful matches; and providing the support necessary formentoring relationships to have a lasting impact.
We ensure that children/youth have the relationships they need to become resilient and realize their full potential. With the support of our qualified staff, mentors form strong developmental relationships with their mentees that express care, challenge growth, provide support, share power, and expand possibilities. Our one-to-one mentoring relationships are one of the few essential services we can continue to provide to help young people build resilience through this pandemic and afterwards.