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- Big Brother / Big Sister Mentoring
- In-School Mentoring
- School Group Mentoring
- Community Group Mentoring
Big Brother and Big Sister
The Big Brothers Mentoring program provides boys and young men with a role model and friend to talk to and share the experience of growing up with.
Children 7-14 years old are eligible to apply for a Big Brother with our agency. Once a match is made the child and mentor will go on outings every week for 2-4 hours where they’ll do things they both enjoy.
The Big Sister Mentoring program matches girls and young women with mentors who, through regular outings, will develop a relationship that is built on trust and common interests.
The result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee.
Children 7-14 years old are eligible to apply for a Big Sister.
The In School Mentoring program provides girls and boys with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with, within school grounds. For one hour a week, mentors meet with their mentee and engage in activities such as board games, crafts or just hang out in the playground.
The In School Mentoring program requires a weekly visit of 1 hour for the duration of the school year. Matches do not meet over the summer break or during other school holidays.
The program strives to do the following:
- provide a role model and a friend for girls and boys.
- promote the importance of staying in school and healthy relationships with family and peers.
- instil trust and self-confidence in order to make healthy decisions.
- encourage leadership skills and independent thinking.
- and above all, make a difference while having fun.
Teen Mentoring Program
The Teen Mentoring program provides girls and boys with a teen role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. This one on one match with a teen is meant to help children grow socially. These matches meet at the child’s elementary school during school hours where they engage in activities of common interest. Typically, the children are excused from class time and participate in fun activities such as board games, crafts or to just hang out in the playground.
The Teen Mentoring program requires a weekly visit of 1 hour for the duration of the school year. Matches do not meet over the summer break or during other school holidays.
The program utilizes teen mentors that are:
- 16-18 years old.
- Able to commit to one hour per week at an elementary school during school hours (ie spare block).
- Are friendly, community minded and enjoy volunteering.
In some cases, teen mentors receive class credits for their involvement with the Teen Mentoring program or are interested in the program because of their involvement in a leadership club.
GO GIRLS! is led by mentors and runs in schools for seven two hour long sessions. Each session provides an opportunity for the girls to participate in fun, educational games and activities that encourage mentor/mentee relationship building as well as self-reflection and group discussions about what is important to them.
Why it Works
In the supported, open environment of GO GIRLS! young woman….
Try activity games that are so much fun they do not realize that they are exercising
Try snacks that are balanced and delicious
Learn wonderful things about themselves they did not know
By helping the girls to become for informed about making healthy choices and by conveying the messages that being active can still be fun, the girls become equipped to incorporate these values into their lives.
Making It Happen
GO GIRLS! mentees are chosen by teachers. Go Girls! is designed for girls in Grade 5-7 who will benefit the most from a small group environment and the opportunity to discuss the topics Go Girls! addresses.
GO GIRLS! mentors young woman who are passionate about healthy, active lining and are specially selected and trained to deliver the program.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Prince George implements Go Girls! programming and recruit the mentors to deliver the program in the school.
Developed for male adolescents, Game On! uses a mentor approach to provide boys and young men with information and support to make informed choices about a range of healthy lifestyle practices. Through non-traditional physical activities, complemented with healthy eating support, participants are engaged in life skills, communication, and emotional health discussions designed to engage participants in the pursuit of life-long healthy lifestyles.
How It Works
Friendship, guidance and sharing are the central goals of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ longstanding mentoring success and are the driving force behind this progressive and inclusive mentoring program. Led by mentors, Game On! is designed to provide an opportunity to openly discuss current and pressing issues facing boys and young men through the lens of healthy living.
Game On! mentors are young men who are enthusiastic about healthy, active living and are selected and trained to deliver the program.
Game On! has seven core sessions with four extension modules that capture potential issues and topics specific to various locales and the interest of the mentors and program participants.
Each session is loosely structured around four themes: physical activity,healthy eating, self-esteem, and communication skills.
This non-traditional mentoring program provides young women with a chance to meet with peers and engage in physical activity, discussions about healthy eating, body image, active living and friends to encourage participants to make lifelong healthy choices.
strong. runs for 9 weeks and includes a spa night and a field trip to a yoga studio or gym. Each session includes a snack, chosen by the participants, that features two food groups.
Participants are referred by their parent/guardian. strong. mentors are young adult women who have gone through program training and want to engage with future strong women.
BOLD is a 9-week group mentoring program for boys between ages 10-14. Through non-traditional physical activities, field trips to local gyms, complemented with healthy eating support, participants engaged in discussions designed to encourage them to pursue healthy lifestyles.
BOLD participants are referred by their parent/guardian. BOLD mentors are young adults who are passionate about healthy, active living and that have been trained to deliver the program.
By giving young men the chance to try new things they will get a chance to be BOLD.