WE BUILD THRIVING COMMUNITIES BY EMPOWERING LIVES THROUGH MENTORSHIP

SERVING YORK REGION

In 2017 Big Brothers Big Sisters of York empowered over 550 children and youth in our region.

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

Mentorship is an essential service that supports all children and youth in reaching their full potential.

MISSION

We build thriving communities by empowering lives through mentorship.

Structure

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is a federation comprised of 108 member agencies servicing more than 1,100 communities across the country.

ISSUE

Many children and youth in York Region are not reaching their full potential.

IMPACT

Facing prolonged adversity creates toxic stress in the brain that can negatively impact development.

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.

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 mentors 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.