Youth Need Mental Health Support

Young people have been deeply affected by COVID-19 restrictions and youth mentorship offers the support they need to manage the current situation, and mitigate the effects of it for years to come.   The effects felt due to the closure of schools and the social isolation in children and youth in Toronto who face adversity highlights the importance of a placing a Big in their lives. Research shows that placing a caring adult […]

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The English Tutor: Supporting A Love For Reading

Today is International Read To Me Day – a day where volunteers encourage and support a love of reading. Today, we celebrate The English Tutor, a vital partner to BBBST during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Through their online classroom, the English Tutor teachers have provided BBBST Littles with free english lessons and educational opportunities throughout the […]

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A Conversation About Empowering Young Women With BBBST “Big” Alicia Harris

At BBBST, we work directly with young women in order to help them develop their confidence, life skills, and increase their odds of a successful future through our life-changing mentorship programs.   We sat down with Alicia Harris, a Big in our community based 1-to-1 mentorship program, to talk about the importance of being an adult female role model […]

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The Girls Empowerment! Program: Supporting Young Women For A Lifetime Of Success

This international Women’s Day the theme is “choose to challenge,” because from challenge comes change and in this case greater opportunity for women in the future.  BBBST’s Girls Empowerment! Program is working to challenge young women through education and support in order to help them develop the necessary skills to thrive later in life. The program features a gender-specific curriculum for girls […]

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The Impact of a Black Big on Black Youth

Tamia was only eight-years-old when her mother Martika began the process of signing her up for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto community-based mentorship program. As part of the intake process, Tamia spoke to one of the BBBST intake specialists who would organize her match. Tamia asked the intake specialist, “can my Big be Black?”   Martika was surprised that […]

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