One to One Mentoring Programs

Big Brothers Mentoring

The Big Brothers Mentoring program matches boys and young men with a uniquely suited male role model to talk to and share common interests with.  Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee that is built on trust and consistency.  With the support of their volunteer mentors, children are able to increase their self-confidence, enhance social skills, and engage in new experiences within their community.

The Big Brothers Mentoring program requires two regularly scheduled outings a month of several hours each and a minimum of 1 year commitment.

The program strives to do the following:

  • Provide a role model and a friend for boys and young men
  • Promote the importance of staying in school and healthy relationships with family and peers
  • Instill trust and self-confidence in order to make healthy decisions
  • Encourage leadership skills and independent thinking
  • Above all, make a difference while having fun

Thinking about being a Big Brother Mentor?

  • Mentors must be at least 18 years old
  • Able to commit 3-4 hours weekly/bi-weekly for a minimum of 12 months
  • Not anticipating any major life changes that could impact a match (i.e. moving, change in employment, etc.)
  • Have a valid driver’s license, insurance, and access to a vehicle
  • Would like to have fun and build a positive relationship with a child

Big Sisters Mentoring

The Big Sisters Mentoring program matches girls and young women with a uniquely suited female role model to talk to and share common interests with.  Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee that is built on trust and consistency.  With the support of their volunteer mentors, children are able to increase their self-confidence, enhance social skills, and engage in new experiences within their community.

The Big Sisters Mentoring program requires two regularly scheduled outings a month of several hours each and a minimum of 1 year commitment.

The program strives to do the following:

  • Provide a role model and a friend for girls and young women
  • Promote the importance of staying in school and healthy relationships with family and peers
  • Instill trust and self-confidence in order to make healthy decisions
  • Encourage leadership skills and independent thinking
  • Above all, make a difference while having fun

Thinking about being a Big Sister Mentor?

  • Mentors must be at least 18 years old
  • Able to commit 3-4 hours weekly/bi-weekly for a minimum of 12 months
  • Not anticipating any major life changes that could impact a match (i.e. moving, change in employment, etc.)
  • Have a valid driver’s license, insurance, and access to a vehicle
  • Would like to have fun and build a positive relationship with a child

Big Buddy Mentoring

The Big Buddy Mentoring program matches boys and young men with a uniquely suited female role model to talk to and share common interests with.  Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee that is built on trust and consistency.  With the support of their volunteer mentors, children are able to increase their self-confidence, enhance social skills, and engage in new experiences within their community.

The Big Buddy Mentoring program requires two regularly scheduled outings a month of several hours each and a minimum of 1 year commitment.

Thinking about being a Big Buddy Mentor?

  • Mentors must be at least 18 years old
  • Female identified Mentors who are open to being matched with a Little Brother
  • Able to commit 3-4 hours weekly/bi-weekly for a minimum of 12 months
  • Not anticipating any major life changes that could impact a match (i.e. moving, change in employment, etc.)
  • Have a valid driver’s license, insurance, and access to a vehicle
  • Would like to have fun and build a positive relationship with a child

In-School Mentoring

The In-School Mentoring program matches children in grades 1 to 8 with a uniquely suited role model to talk to and share common interests with.  The mentor and mentee spend quality time together on school property. Through regular meetings, a relationship is developed that is built on trust and consistency.  With the support of their volunteer mentors, children are able to increase their self-confidence, enhance social skills, and improve school engagement.

The In-School Mentoring program requires one 60 minute meeting a week and a minimum of 1 year commitment.

The program strives to do the following:

  • Provide a role model and a friend for school-aged children
  • Promote the importance of staying in school and healthy relationships with family and peers
  • Instill trust and self-confidence in order to make healthy decisions
  • Encourage leadership skills and independent thinking
  • Above all, make a difference while having fun

Thinking about being an In-School Mentor?

  • Mentors must be at least 16 years old
  • Able to commit 1 hour week during the school day for a minimum of 12 months
  • Not anticipating any major life changes that could impact a match (i.e. moving, change in employment, etc.)
  • Would like to have fun and build a positive relationship with a child

Group Mentoring Programs

Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds!

Go Girls! is a free group mentoring program that provides girls between 11 and 14 years old with the opportunity to participate in fun and interactive discussions and activities led by female mentors.  This program promotes active living, balanced eating, and building positive self-esteem – setting girls on a path to reach their full potential.

Go Girls! runs weekly for eight consecutive weeks within school facilities or out in the community.

The program strives to do the following:

  • Create appreciation for the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle
  • Build an understanding of what constitutes healthy eating habits and the risks associated with eating disorders
  • Promote the importance of positive mental activity and regular physical exercise
  • Encourage awareness of core values, personal interests, strengths and attributes
  • Support the development of leadership and life skills
  • Offer guidance in establishing and maintaining friendships
  • Above all, make a difference while having fun

Thinking about being a Go Girls Mentor?

  • Mentors must be female identified and approximately 18-30 years old
  • Able to commit 1-2 hours a week during the school day for 8 consecutive weeks
  • Able to facilitate at least 2 Go Girls! programs over the course of 12 months
  • Not anticipating any major life changes that could impact a match (i.e. moving, change in employment, etc.)
  • Able to facilitate and engage a group of children while having fun and building positive relationships

Game On! Eat Smart, Play Smart, Live Smart

Game On! is a free group mentoring program that provides boys between 11 and 14 years old with the opportunity to participate in fun and interactive discussions and activities led by male mentors.  This program promotes physical activity, positive nutrition, and building relationship skills – providing boys the support they need to make healthy life choices.

Game On! runs weekly for eight consecutive weeks within school facilities or out in the community.

The program strives to do the following:

  • Openly discuss current and pressing issues facing boys and young men through the lens of healthy living
  • Build an appreciation for the benefits of healthy eating habits
  • Promote physical exercise through the use of non-traditional activities
  • Instill respect for socio-economic, ethno-cultural and racial diversity
  • Encourage leadership skills and independent thinking
  • Above all, make a difference while having fun

Thinking about being a Game On Mentor?

  • Mentors must be male identified and approximately 18-30 years old
  • Able to commit 1-2 hours a week during the school day for 8 consecutive weeks
  • Able to facilitate at least 2 Game On! programs over the course of 12 months
  • Not anticipating any major life changes that could impact a match (i.e. moving, change in employment, etc.)
  • Able to facilitate and engage a group of children while having fun and building positive relationships

Conversation Circle

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Conversation Circle is a free group mentoring program that introduces newcomer youth to mentors who have a caring, flexible attitude and an interest in mentoring young people who are new to Canada. Funded through Ontario Trillium Foundation, this program promotes community awareness, cross-cultural understanding, peer relationships, and a sense of belonging.

Conversation Circle runs weekly for twelve consecutive weeks within school facilities or out in the community.

The program strives to do the following:

  • Practice English language skills in a safe, encouraging environment
  • Improve self-esteem through positive relationships with mentors and other group participants
  • Promote social integration and community engagement
  • Ease transition to school through shared experiences
  • Strengthen presentation skills in small teams
  • Above all, make a difference while having fun

Thinking about being a Conversation Circle Mentor?

  • Mentors must be at least 18 years old
  • Able to commit 1-2 hours a week during the school day for 12 consecutive weeks
  • Able to facilitate at least 2 Conversation Circle programs over the course of 12 months
  • Not anticipating any major life changes that could impact a match (i.e. moving, change in employment, etc.)
  • Able to facilitate and engage a group of newcomer youth while having fun and building positive relationships
  • Able to encourage inclusivity and promote diversity while enhancing English language skills of participants

Recreation Mentoring

Recreation Mentoring is a free group mentoring program that promotes physical literacy in children between the ages of 8 and 12 years old.  Trained mentors introduce participants to new sports each week through a curriculum based on the development of fundamental movement skills, teamwork, and community engagement.

Recreation Mentoring runs weekly for eight consecutive weeks within school facilities or out in the community.

The program strives to do the following:

  • Support the maintenance of a healthy and active lifestyle
  • Develop fundamental movement skills and increase physical literacy
  • Promote confidence, self-esteem, team work, and physical and mental fitness
  • Increase awareness about free programs and resources to improve community engagement and address barriers
  • Strengthen the sport and recreation sector by providing training to mentors in areas such as coaching, leadership, youth development, and risk management
  • Above all, make a difference while having fun

Thinking about being a Recreation Mentor?

  • Mentors must be at least 18 years old
  • Able to commit 1-2 hours a week during the school day for 8 consecutive weeks
  • Able to facilitate at least 2 Recreation Mentoring programs over the course of 12 months
  • Not anticipating any major life changes that could impact a match (i.e. moving, change in employment, etc.)
  • Able to facilitate and engage a group of children while having fun and building positive relationships
  • Personal interest in physical activity and sport