Our History in York Region

Big Brothers of York became incorporated in December 1970 with the mandate of providing boys from absent father homes with friendships by matching them with Big Brothers. Today, Big Brothers Big Sisters of York (BBBSY) provides various mentoring programs and free activities to children and youth throughout York Region and Bradford West Gwillimbury.

These positive mentoring programs help children and youth build the confidence to achieve more, assisting them in reaching their full potential and grow into adults who will contribute positively to society.

Community support and staff-driven fundraising events provide the major portion of the funding that enables BBBSY to advocate on behalf of the children and youth of York Region and Bradford West Gwillimbury.

SERVING CANADA’S COMMUNITIES

This year alone Big Brothers Big Sisters impacted over 40,000 youth in over 1,100 communities across Canada.

REPUTABLE AND ACCOUNTABLE

Providing life changing mentoring experiences since 1912, Big Brothers Big Sisters was named One of Financial Post’s Top 25 Charities in 2016.

IMPROVING SOCIETY

Every $1 invested in our programming returns between $18-$23 to society through taxes, higher incomes, volunteerism, and charitable donations.

VISION

Every Child in Canada Who Needs a Mentor, Has a Mentor.

Enhanced Potential

We believe that mentoring relationships early in life will have a positive long-term, life-changing impact on children and the overall community.

We believe there is a role for everyone committed to our mission, vision and values and we seek to enrich our organization and communities through diversity.

MISSION

“Big Brothers Big Sisters of York enriches the lives of children by providing positive role models through mentoring programs.”

POLICY

Big Brothers Big Sisters of York is committed to excellence in providing service to individuals, including people with disabilities. Reasonable efforts will be made to provide all persons equal opportunity to obtain, use and benefit from Big Brothers Big Sisters of York services.

 

Please see below for documents pertaining to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.

ISSUE

Many children and youth in Canada struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives.

IMPACT

We believe every child should have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential, both as individuals and citizens – that by doing so, they will not only do well, they will also do great things.

We believe that by changing the course of young lives we can in turn be changing the course of a community’s future. That it will lead to a reduction in poverty and unemployment. Or to safer schools and neighbourhoods. Or to a renewed optimism for growth. That it will even lead to change on a broader, more far-reaching scale.

We believe that opening a child’s eyes to what is – opens their mind to what could be.

For nearly one hundred years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been making a positive difference in the lives of our nation’s youth by developing and implementing a wide range of mentoring programs. One-to-one and group programs, for both in school and site based community programs.

Serving as role models, our mentors teach by example the importance of giving and giving back, of staying in school, and of having respect for family, peers and community. Each time we pair a child with a mentor or introduce a group of students to an in-school program, we start something incredible – a life-changing relationship built on friendship, trust and empowerment.

Witnessing the transformation of a child into a confident, concerned and motivated young person is a remarkable thing. Ushering them into adulthood, seeing them grow into a successful, responsible member of their community and society at large is even more satisfying. Proudly, it’s something our staff, volunteers and donors help bring about every day, and we’re very grateful for their generosity and support.

Whether it’s in the form of time or money there is no more important investment we as individuals can make than in helping our community children realize – and share – their full potential.

We’re Big Brothers Big Sisters, and we believe in the value and values of mentoring.

SOLUTION

With the support of a mentor, these risks can be reduced or even avoided, and youth can reach their full potential.

Our Solution

Many children and youth in Canada struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives like detrimental living conditions, family violence, risk factors for mental health, school issues and identity challenges.

These circumstances have nothing to do with the value of who they are or who they can become, but because of these situations, children and youth risk not having the opportunity to live up to their full potential.

Even worse is the possibility of continuing cycles of poverty and crime or developing mental health issues.

This comes at a cost to the young person, and to society.

With the guidance and support of a mentor, these risks can be reduced or even avoided, and youth are reminded they can be anything they dream of being.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is a Federation comprised of 108 member agencies servicing more than 1,100 communities across the country. Together we mobilize over 21,300 volunteers who in turn mentor 41,700+ children and young people. That works out to nearly:

2.2 million volunteer hours each year

Each Big Brother Big Sister agency provides direct service to children by matching volunteers and youths in quality mentoring relationships. Our agency staff members are experts at screening volunteers and matching them with a mentee having similar interests.

The national organization provides services and programs to our member agencies to assist them with their work with parents, mentees, and volunteers. Ranging from staff training workshops to our leading Child Safety Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada works diligently to ensure we have superior quality programming in all parts of the country.