One to One Mentoring

Big Brothers Mentoring

The Big Brothers Mentoring program provides boys and young men with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee, that is built on trust and common interests, and is supported by our experienced Program Coordinators. The result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee.

The Big Brothers Mentoring program usually 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.

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Big Sisters mentoring

Big Sisters Mentoring

The Big Sisters Mentoring program provides girls and young women with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee, that is built on trust and common interests, and is supported by our experienced Program Coordinators. The result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee.

The Big Sisters Mentoring program usually 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.

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Big Buddy

The Big Buddy Mentoring program is a variation of the Big Brother and Big Sister programs in which an adult female is matched with a Little Brother.  Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and mentee that is built on trust and common interests, and is supported by our experienced Program Coordinators. The result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee.

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

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In-School Mentoring

About the Program

Studies show that mentoring helps kids stay in school, avoid risky behavior such as bullying, and grow up having more respect for family, peers and community.

Helping children reach their full potential can lead to positive community outcomes like a reduction in poverty and unemployment, safer schools and neighbourhoods, and a new generation of civic-minded adults.

In-School Mentoring

The In-School Mentoring program provides girls and boys with a one to one relationship with a positive role model and a friend. The mentor and mentee spend time together within school grounds talking and sharing the experiences of growing up.  For one hour a week, mentors meet with their mentee and engage in activities such as board games, crafts, or just hanging out in the playground.

The In-School Mentoring program requires a weekly visit of 1 hour during the school day for the duration of the school year. Matches do not meet over the summer break or during other school holidays.

Teen In-School Mentoring

Following all of the same guidelines and directives of our traditional In-School Mentoring program, Teen In-School Mentoring involves students from a local high school who mentor a student at a nearby elementary school during their lunch hour or spare.

These programs strives to do the following:

  • Provide a role model and a friend for school-aged girls and boys
  • 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, have fun while making a difference
In-School Mentoring Makes A Big Difference
  • 90% of mentors saw a positive change in the child they were mentoring*
  • 88% of students showed improved literacy skills*
  • 64% had developed higher levels of self-esteem *

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Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds!

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About the Program

Many of us were lucky enough to have had a mentor step into our lives during our formative years – at that time when we needed them most. A parent. A teacher. A relative. Whomever, it was someone who treated us with respect and in turn earned ours. Who valued our ideas, included us, and encouraged us. Who taught us that doing good is every bit as important as doing well. And who gave us the courage to make tough decisions, the self-esteem to make smart choices and the confidence to be true to ourselves.

Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds

Go Girls! is a free group mentoring program for girls between the ages of 11 and 14.  In groups of 8-14, participants will focus on three main themes; physical activity, balanced eating, and self-esteem. The single most important goal of the program is to positively shape the lives of girls and young women by helping them build a positive self-image – setting them on a path to reach their full potential in life.

The Go Girls! program runs weekly for six to 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, have fun while making a difference

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Game On! Eat Smart, Play Smart!

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About the Program

In areas of gender and education research, key findings state that male adolescents frequently struggle with issues of body image, low levels of physical activity and unhealthy eating practices. Sound familiar?

In other words, boys and young men today go through much the same turmoil growing up as most of us did in our day. The journey to adulthood is never an easy one, but it can be smoothed out with the guidance and support of a mentor who cares and understands. More importantly, mentoring can help cement an active, healthy lifestyle that nourishes self-esteem and confidence.

Game On! Eat Smart, Play Smart, Live Smart

Game On! is a free group mentoring program for boys between 11 and 14 years old. In groups of 8-14, boys are provided with information and support to make informed choices about a range of healthy lifestyle practices through non-traditional physical activities complemented with healthy eating support.  Participants are engaged in discussions about life skills, communication, and emotional well-being in the pursuit of life-long healthy lifestyles.

Game On! run weekly for six to 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, have fun while making a difference

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Conversation Circle

Conversation Circle is designed to introduce newcomer youth to mentors who have a caring, flexible attitude and an interest in mentoring  children and youth who are new to Canada.  Funded through Ontario Trillium Foundation, this mentoring program helps children and youth build connections, learn about the community they live in as well as Canada and work towards the goal of increasing self esteem and social integration.

Program staff in conjunction with mentors will carry out 1 hour sessions which mirror the school year.  Mentoring sessions will be compromised of a variety of activities led by the needs of youth.  Each session will include a healthy snack, structured group activity and informal time where youth and mentors can build their relationships through games, conversation, projects, shared experiences and field trips.

The program strives to do the following:

  • Practice English language skills in a safe, encouraging environment
  • Build the self esteem of newcomer youth through a mentoring relationship with a Canadian mentor
  • Opportunity of social integration and friendship with Canadian youth
  • Ease the transition to school through shared experiences
  • Strengthen presentation skills in small teams
  • homework help
  • Have fun

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Recreation Mentoring

Recreation Mentoring: Play Great!

This physical literacy program encourages children between the ages of 8 and 12 years old to unplug and get back to enjoying physical activity, socializing with peers, and being a part of their community. The children will participate in organized recreation activities while developing fundamental movement skills and learning the balance of a healthy lifestyle.

Led by volunteer mentors/instructors, groups will run in 8 week sessions and will be held once a week in school and community site locations.  Activities will range and be based on the needs and interests of each group.  Examples of the activities include; soccer, basketball, hockey, parachute games, and obstacle/challenge courses.

The program strives to do the following:

  • To support boys and girls in the community to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.
  • To teach the children fundamental movement skills to promote confidence, self esteem, team work, and to increase physical and mental fitness.
  • Provide the opportunity for children to learn a variety of new activities, sports, and games that they can participate in while learning about barriers, resources, and community access.
  • Strengthen the community sport and recreation sector by providing training to the volunteer mentors in areas such as coaching, leadership, youth development, and risk management.
  • Above all have fun and make a difference!

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