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Kids need safe places to be after school, in the evening, and on school breaks. Clubs are open to all children and youth, and provide safe spaces and supportive staff at a variety of locations around the city. From snacks and hot meals to homework help, learning programs, and recreational activities, clubs are great places for kids to be!

We have 5 program areas: Arts and Culture, Physical Activity, Health and Nutrition, Academic Support and G.E.L.L (Growth, Empowerment and Life Skills and Leadership). The diversity of our programming allows our volunteers to get engaged with our youth in a meaningful way that's relevant to their individual personalities and what they can bring to the table. If you enjoy theater, music and the arts, ask our club staff how you can get involved in that area of our programming; if you used to be a little league coach, you can become involved in our physical activity programs; if you are a health and fitness fanatic, help us come up with healthy meal plans for our kids and even teach them how to cook it for themselves! We want to play to your strengths and enable you to do the things you truly enjoy with our kids.

To ensure the safety of members, there is a well-qualified team of staff and volunteer mentors at each club. There are always staffs on site that are trained in first aid, CPR, and child abuse prevention.

Children with mentors experience incredible life benefits such as:

•Becoming 80% more likely to finish high school
•Becoming 2 to 4 times less likely to bully, lie, cheat, steal or become involved in drugs and/or alcohol
•78% of our kids coming from a family history of social assistance (parents depending on welfare, food banks, etc., to make ends meet) do not experience the same challenges in their adulthood
•Their life time income is $300,000 dollars more, on average, than youth who did not have mentors

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Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters (BGCBigs) is committed to the healthy development of all children. We provide a diverse array of mentoring and after school programs to meet the needs of our community’s children and youth so they have the tools and supports they need to be successful in school and in life.

As a University of Alberta student you have the opportunity to join our BGCBIGS UofA Club. As a club member you will gain volunteer experience by holding campus events, participating in active recruiting strategies such as postering on campus, tabling, or presenting to classes.

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BGCBigs is partnered with HEROS (Hockey Education Reaching Out Society) to provide free ice time and hockey gear to children and youth in North East Edmonton. The program focuses on teaching life skills to kids through the game of hockey. There are 4 “HEROS Behaviors” that are taught throughout the program- listen, respect, discipline, and have fun. We run a variety of activities on the ice including teambuilding activities, tag games, relay races, hockey specific skills, and much more! The HEROS program has been running in Edmonton for 11 years, and has a great group of volunteers that often stay for many years in the program.

There is a rare opportunity this year for new volunteers to join the program, and we are looking for both male and female volunteers to commit to the program each Wednesday from 4-6PM, September 26th 2018-March 20th 2019. Our start/end dates are flexible, but we encourage you to volunteer for the school year as our youth rely on your commitment to their success!

You do not have to be a hockey player to volunteer- we also run some programs off ice for our junior high and high school players, and would love some extra support both on and off the ice. The volunteer responsibilities would include: making the weekly commitment, being a supportive and active listener, following agency guidelines, ensuring child safety, and, of course, having fun!

Children with mentors are:
• 80% more likely to finish high school
• 46% less likely to use drugs
• 27% less likely to use alcohol
• 52% less likely to skip school
• 78% less likely to rely on social assistance as an adult

People who mentor:
• Gain personal growth and development
• Have a positive new perspective on life
• Make a positive difference in the life of a child and the community
• See meaningful improvements in their own mental and physical health
• Report increased levels of happiness and energy

*Learn more about us and apply online by visiting www.bgcbigs.ca, or contact:

Dillon Lehman
Mentoring Facilitator ?
Phone: (780) 232-3798
E-Mail: dillon.lehman@bgcbigs.ca

*HEROS Hockey Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older to apply. No special skills/abilities required. Apply today as the application process can take up to 4-6 weeks!

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