The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Niagara Falls mentoring programs provides youth with a role model with whom to speak and share the experiences of growing up. Through regular outings, a relationship built on trust and common interests is developed between the mentor and the mentee. Our programs are invaluable to the children and youth involved and extend beyond the children and families we serve to benefit the entire community; they are about intervention, prevention, and building resilience in our community’s children and youth.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program usually requires two regularly scheduled outings a month of several hours each and a minimum of a one-year commitment.
Our programs include:
One-to-One Mentoring – provides youth with a role model with whom to speak and share experiences. Through regular outings, a relationship built on trust and common interests is developed. The result is a life-changing experience for both mentor and mentee.
In-School Mentoring – provides youth with a role model with whom to speak and share experiences on school grounds. For one hour per week, mentors meet with their mentee and engage in activities including board games, crafts or just spending time together.
Student Parenting Mentoring – a community-based program where female mentors are matched with mentees between the ages of 15-23 who are young mothers and currently enrolled at Strive Niagara. Matches meet and enjoy activities such as grabbing a coffee, going for a hike or visiting a park.
Go Girls! – a group mentoring program for girls aged 12-14 focusing on physical activities, balanced eating and self-esteem.
Game On! – a group mentoring program providing boys and young men with support to make informed choices about healthy lifestyle practices.
Many young people find themselves in vulnerable situations and facing adversities such as mental health issues, family violence, identity issues or poor living conditions, which put these youth at risk of not reaching their full potential. With the guidance and support of a mentor, these risks can be avoided and these young people can gain the confidence to achieve more. Our mentors advise and challenge these young people, act as their champions, provide greater consistency in their lives, connect them to broader experiences, opportunities and networks, while providing safe, nonjudgmental environments. This is shown to provide youth with higher incomes, higher esteem, achievements, better health and a sense of belonging. Not only will your gift assist youth in need of a mentor, but for every $1 invested in our programming, $18 to $23 is returned to society through taxes, higher incomes, volunteerism and charitable donations.