Core Mentoring

One-to-One Community Based Mentoring

The Big Brother Big Sister one-to-one community-based program, matches a Little aged 7-16 with a Big aged 18+ based on mutual experiences and shared interests. The pair meet for eight hours per month in the community and build a healthy, caring relationship that can last a lifetime. Not only do we foster relationships that allow children to thrive, but we reduce risk-taking behaviour and support healthy development.

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Big Couple

One-to-One Community Based Mentoring

Married or Common Law partners who wish to volunteer together can be matched to a mentee through our Big Couples Mentoring program (an extension of the above One-to- One Community Based Mentoring Program). Couples must be over 25 years old, in their relationship for at least two years and have lived together for at least one year.

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Big Fan

One-to-One Community Based Mentoring

Exposure to team sport exposes children and youth to a number of key developmental assets and equips them with essential life-skills that helps to set them up for success!  We also know that having a support person on the sidelines helps build self-esteem and the conversations before and after the practice or game can be crucial.

One of the largest barriers to organized sports for young people is limited access to reliable and safe transportation. As a Big Fan with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto, you will accompany a child to games and practices and provide support from the sidelines, to empower assets of positive identity and constructive use of time.

Littles are between 7 and 15 years old and Big Fans must be over the age of 18.

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One-to-One In-School Mentoring

In the In-School Mentoring (ISM) program, volunteer mentors are matched with children and youth, identified as needing additional support in schools across Toronto. Children referred to the ISM program may face any one of a variety of barriers to educational success. The mentor and mentee meet for one hour weekly, in school, during the school-day. Children who participate in ISM have improved connection to their school community, improved academic performance, improved attendance and higher educational attainment.

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Bigs @ the Club

Bigs will spend one hour per week with kids on Boys & Girls Club property developing interpersonal skills, confidence, and drive!  Bigs will build confidence in mentees by exploring their interests and expand possibilities.  Bigs could be asked to walk thei Little home after meeting up at the Club.  Boys & Girls Club facilities range from: Rock Climbing; Gym and Arts Programs; Kitchen Space and general Recreational Space.

Currently there are two participating Clubs:

1)      Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club: 101 Spruce St, Toronto, ON M5A 3J2 (Regent Park)

2)      East Scarborough Boys & Girls Club: 100 Galloway Rd, Scarborough, ON M1E 1W7

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Big G (Grandparent)

One-to-One In-School Mentoring

A variation on the traditional one-to-one program, Big G matches an intergenerational mentor with an elementary school mentee. For one hour per week, they will meet at their school during the school day for the entire school year, where they will play games, get to know each other, and explore the mentee’s interests. The Big G program targets early retirees for volunteer mentorship positions and enrolls children who need the support and friendship that the Big G can provide. Big G mentors set and commit to a weekly schedule of school visits throughout the school year. As BBBST volunteers,  mentors in the Big G program will be provided with specialized asset-building training that they can use within their match, their families or other community groups.

Through our long standing partnership with the Toronto District School Board, Big G matches are all over Toronto, helping kids engage in education and empowering Assets such as Commitment to Learning, Constructive Use of Time and Positive Identity. Mentees are between grade 1 and grade 7 and Mentors are 55+.

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MENTORING +

Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds!

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Go Girls! group-based mentoring program works to break down barriers and build positive identity in girls and those who identify by fostering healthy relationships. This program strives to foster strong, thriving women. Girls aged 10-14 meet weekly with two women-identifying mentors over the course of the school-year in high needs, under-resourced Toronto District School Board (TDSB) schools across the city. The program provides a safe space for participants to cultivate life skills and confi dence, covering topics such as healthy relationships, bullying, social media and self-esteem.

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Game On!

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Game On! group-based mentoring program works to tackle issues such as toxic masculinity and the high incidence of violence in our city. The program runs in high needs, under-resourced TDSB schools across the city. A group of boys aged 11-14 meet weekly with two men-identifying mentors over the course of the school-year. The curriculum focuses on; gender and masculinity, anti-violence, healthy minds, problem solving, and healthy relationships.

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Pumped for Post-Secondary

We take the fear out of the unknown in our Pumped for Post-Secondary program (PFPS). Groups of High School mentees are mentored by trained and screened University/College students on a post-secondary campus throughout the school year. Through 13 group sessions, mentors empower and encourage mentees to successfully transition from High School to University/College. Focusing on the Developmental Assets of Planning & Decision Making, Self-Esteem, Sense of Purpose and Positive view of personal future, the program inspires mentees to envision themselves beyond High School.

Currently PFPS is available at New College U of T, George Brown, Humber College, and York University and is tailored to each program site.

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LEARNING INTEGRATION

Our professional team want to mentor the next generation of Community Change Makers! We have numerous learning opportunities for University and College Students looking to explore the Community Service sector. Depending on Placement requirements, we may be able to provide you with the opportunity to empower one or many children and youth. We have two options for Placement Students; Experiential Placements and Service Delivery Placements.

Our intake for both Placement options occurs every April for a September start. All Placement Students must successfully complete the same enrollment and assessment process as volunteer applicants but will be provided with additional academic and professional learning supports from our experienced staff team.

If you are a Masters or PhD student and wish to approach us for a research project or business assessment, we welcome your proposals.