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The Youth in Care program is a section of Big Brothers Big Sisters community based mentoring that works specifically with youth in government care. Our volunteers share their time with one child through participating in a variety of activities that reflect the interests of both parties; it’s as simple as being a good friend to a good kid. BGCBigs works with Bigs to match them directly with Littles in ways that considers similar interests, and geography.

Through the YIC mentoring program mentors are connected to youth living in a variety of settings such as group homes, foster care, or kinship placements. The goal of YIC mentoring is to create healthy positive relationships for youth who may have experienced many transitions throughout their lives.

We believe it’s so important to be able to provide mentoring programs specifically for youth who have had involvement with Alberta Child and Family Services. Mentoring a youth in care has all the same impacts as mentoring through our other programs.

Children with mentors experience incredible life benefits such as:
•Becoming 80% more likely to finish high school
•Increased confidence, self-esteem and sense of hope
•Less likely to engage in drugs and alcohol
•Improvement in relationships with adults and peers


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Raising the Grade aims to provide young people with the skills, tools, and opportunities that will equip them to excel academically and secure their future success as productive, independent, and contributing members of society. Volunteers with this program will work with youth using tech centers, online resources, and will offer tutoring/mentoring support as they work to achieve their goals.

Children with mentors experience incredible life benefits such as:

•Becoming 80% more likely to finish high school
•Becoming 2-4x 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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A Graduation Mentor is a new mentoring program that will blend the Community Based and School Based programs to support the students at Eastglen High School towards high school completion. Mentors/Mentees can meet within the school or community; whichever is best to support the student.
The Mentor and the youth meet one on one for a couple of hours each week or every other week, depending on the circumstances, to engage in relationship building activities in a community or school setting. Mentors provide support to youth by listening, being an advocate, sharing themselves, establishing structure, highlighting strengths, and making the experience unique and positive. Schedules are flexible to meet the needs of the volunteers and youth.


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The goal of Go Girls! is to provide grades 5/6 girls with information and support to make informed choices about healthy, active living while maintaining sensitivity toward the emotional, social and cultural issues they may face. Specifically, the project addresses the issues of physical activity, balanced eating and positive self-image for youth participants.

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• Tuesday’s 12-1 at Delton School starting September 26 for 12 weeks
• Thursday’s from 12-1pm at John A McDougall School (JAM) starting September 28 for 12 weeks for 12 weeks

We ask that the volunteer commits to the full 10 week program as our students rely on your commitment to their success! The volunteer responsibilities would include: making the weekly commitment, being a supportive and active listener, following the school and agency guidelines, ensuring child safety, and, of course, having fun!

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

Talia Adler Magat
Volunteer Recruitment & Training Facilitator ?

*Go Girls! 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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Overview: The Circle is an inclusive youth mentoring program designed to give young people the confidence to achieve more. The Circle pairs youth with positive, understanding adults who encourage them to find strength from within. Founded on the belief that people are empowered through consistent and supportive relationships, this program is focused on young people who have experienced the pain of discrimination, poverty, and marginalization.

Mentees: Between 10 and 18 years old who identify with some of the following:
• Marginalization, economic adversity
• Difficulty in the education system
• Violence in the home or in the community
• History of involvement with child welfare
• Contact with the police (for minor offenses)
• Mental health issues such as a substance abuse, depression, anxiety, abuse, self-harm
• Unhealthy domestic or romantic relationship
Mentors: Anyone over 24 who is sensitive other cultures, backgrounds, life circumstances, anyone who feels they can relate to a youth who identifies with some of the above.

Minimum Commitment: 1 hour every week or 2 hours every other week for a minimum of one year
Availability: Edmonton
Where & When : In the community during evenings and/or weekends


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BIGS & LITTLES are the terms used when referring to the mentoring relationship between one adult and one child. This is the platform on which the separate Big Brothers and Big Sisters organizations were founded in New York in 1904. Our volunteers in the Big Brothers/ Sisters program share their time with one child through participating in a variety of activities that reflect the interests of both parties; it’s as simple as being a good friend to a good kid. BGCBigs works with Bigs to match them directly with Littles in ways that considers similar interests, geography and program type. Children with mentors experience incredible life benefits such as:

•Becoming 80% more likely to finish high school
•Becoming 2-4x 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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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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EXCEL is a collaboration between Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters (BGCBigs) and McKee School that brings together caring adult mentors with elementary school students with the goal of improving academic confidence and grades.

PURPOSE:

•A non-profit supervised after school homework program designed to help students (Kindergarten to Grade Six) who struggle with their schoolwork.
•To help students complete their homework assignments, prepare for exams, improve their study skills, improve their academic performance, and increase their self-confidence.
•To support each student’s individual learning needs.
•To Excite, Challenge, and Empower Learners, so that students can realize their full potential and be inspired to make their dreams come true!


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In as little as one hour a week, you could change the life of a child forever. Bigs In School is an easy and rewarding way to get involved with a child. It allows volunteer mentors go into schools to spend an hour with a child once a week. One of the unique aspects of Bigs In Schools is that the time is guided by the 20-20-20 rule. Mentors and students spend 20 minutes getting to know each other or catching up, 20 minutes going over homework or reading, and the last 20 minutes participating in recreational activities. Bigs in Schools is a great program for volunteers to share time with a child during their lunch break or when working outside of a regular 9-3 school day. Matches do not meet over the summer break or during school holidays.

Children with mentors experience incredible life benefits such as:

•Becoming 80% more likely to finish high school
•Becoming 2-4x 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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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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