Big G One-to-One In-School Mentoring Program

Identifying volunteers with day-time availability is one of the biggest challenges Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto (BBBST) faces when reviewing applications for its various volunteer programs. When a regular volunteer identified that BBBST’s current volunteer recruitment and engagement efforts did not cater to seniors and early retirees over 55, the staff at BBBST worked […]

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Spreading Roots: How a Trillium Grow Grant Helped BBBST Reconnect with the Scarborough Community

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Toronto (BBBST) didn’t necessarily know what they would learn when they received a one-year Seed Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. That’s why the grant was needed in the first place. The organization recognized the struggle to meet the demand for services in Scarborough, and the funding from the Seed […]

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The Seeds of Decentralization

What do you do when there aren’t enough volunteers to go around?  That was the problem facing Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Toronto (BBBST). Though the organization services the entire City of Toronto, BBBST found that it was having trouble distributing its resources outside the centralized downtown core. The need for a new decentralization strategy […]

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On the Road with Big Brothers Big Sisters: An Interview with Jamil Jivani

When Jamil Jivani initially published Why Young Men: Rage, Race and the Crisis of Identity, he was expecting to take part in a small but meaningful book tour. He hoped to reach young men like the ones he had written about, and start conversations that could spark real change in their lives.  But that plan […]

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From Board to Big: Jeff’s Story

Jeff Chorlton is not your every day Big Brother. Though he had heard about Big Brothers Big Sisters in the past, it wasn’t until a chance meeting at a networking event years ago that his life would change forever.  The contact he had met initially opened the door for Jeff to join BBBSC in a […]

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