Our BIGS and LITTLES are reconnecting!
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During the COVID-19 Pandemic Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto will continue to support Toronto’s Children and Youth
Please find resources below to build developmental relationships with children and youth while social distancing
Children and youth in Toronto need consistent caring adults now more than ever
The Big Pen Pal
This program concluded in August of 2020 and is no longer running. The Big Pen Pal is a new and innovative intergenerational project that connects Big/Little mentors and matches with socially isolated seniors. This project is delivered in partnership with Sinai Health’s Circle of Care and targets isolated seniors waitlisted for their Friendly Visiting Program. The Big Pen Pal project provides countless benefits to all three parties involved – the Little, the Big and the senior. Like all BBBST programs, participants are exposed to the Search Institute’s® 40 Developmental Assets, enabling them to build developmental relationships and thrive!
Ideas For Bigs To Stay Connected
Resources For Bigs To Use
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“The single most powerful antidote to the impacts of trauma and adversity is safe, stable and nurturing relationships. Right now, even though we have to be socially distant, it’s actually more important than ever for us to stay emotionally connected.” - DR. NADINE BURKE-HARRIS, CALIFORNIA SURGEON GENERAL Did you know that having Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) effects both the mind and body of children; compromising their immune systems, their brain chemistry, their hormonal system, right down to their DNA. ACES get under our skin and change our biology. At #BBBST we understand how essential it is for all children and youth to stay virtually connected to consistent, caring adults during these uncertain times. #NVW2020 #ThankYouBigs #IgnitePotental #BetterTogether #StayConnected #KeepKidsConnected #Covid19 #TogetherApart