We are a not for profit agency assisting children and youth to ignite their full power and potential in life through the support and friendship of a carefully screened mature volunteer. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carleton York was founded in 1982. Over the past 40 years we have been providing mentoring opportunities to children and youth in our community. We have community-based programs including our Traditional Match program, and In School Mentoring. We also provide group programs Big Bunch Club, Go Girls, and Game On, which all help young boys and girls make informed decisions about a range of healthy lifestyle practices. We commit to Canada’s young people that we will be leaders in providing them with the highest quality, volunteer based mentoring programs.
Many children and youth in Canada 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.
We believe every child should have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential, both as individuals and citizens – that by doing so, they will not only do well, they will also do good.
We believe that by changing the course of young lives we can in turn be changing the course of a community’s future. That it could lead to a reduction in poverty and unemployment. Or to safer schools and neighbourhoods. Or to a renewed optimism for growth. That it could even lead to change on a broader, more far-reaching scale.
We believe that opening a child’s eyes to what is – opens their mind to what could be.
How your gift will be used
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides several charitable services. Services provided include:
- One on One mentoring with children and teens 6-18 years old
- Community-Based Mentoring
- School-Based Mentoring
- Group events and activities
Funds raised by the agency are used to recruit, screen, train, and provide ongoing support to volunteers who are matched with children and youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs help at risk children and teens develop healthy and positive relationships with their mentors. Having positive “Big Brothers” or “Big Sisters” to look up to, helps young people set higher goals and have more confidence to become part of a stronger generation of young people.