September marks Big Brothers Big Sisters Month, a time to commemorate and celebrate the work and efforts of Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies and the staff and volunteers that change lives every day. Mentoring Matters because children enrolled with Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring are more likely to graduate high school and obtain a post-secondary education. They are more likely to be happier, healthier and more confident later in life compared to their peers that did not receive mentoring. Join Big Brothers Big Sisters across Canada and tell others why #MentoringMatters to you! Schedule of Events September 1 Happy Big
Are you between the ages of 16 and 24? Do you want to engage with the Prime Minister and other young people from across the country to shape Canada? The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Minister of Youth, has launched the very first Prime Minister’s Youth Council. Approximately 30 youth from all across Canada will meet directly with the Prime Minister to provide non-partisan advice on national issues such as employment, access to education, building stronger communities, climate and clean growth, and many others. Now is your chance to have your voice heard! If you want the Prime Minister to
Each month we recognize some of our generous supporters for helping children and youth through mentorship (in alphabetical order):
Photo by Ben Welland
At the end of May, two of our youth Big Buddy volunteers had a chance to participate in Youth In Office, an event that pairs youth with Members of Parliament in Ottawa. Both of our youth representatives volunteer in our In-School Mentoring Program to spend time with their Little Buddy once a week. One of our representatives even used to be a Little Brother himself!
Emry* sits inside his room on a sunny Saturday afternoon. His mom Wan-Ling works full-time to support him and his grandma, while his father spends eight months of the year overseas. Like most 10-year-olds, Emry loves nothing more than playing outside but grandma is worried he’ll get hurt, so Emry mostly plays indoors by himself. Wan-Ling’s heart aches at the thought of her son missing out on his childhood, so she contacted Big Brothers last year. “We support a lot of single-parent families,” explains Executive Director Valerie Lambert. “But we’re also seeing more unique family situations. There’s an influx of
Our donors, volunteers, and supporters make it possible for 1,200 local children to have a positive mentor each year! Learn more about our upcoming events and recent donors below.
Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver invites all students ages 14 to 17 to participate in our Leader in You Summer Summit 2016. This exciting FREE Youth Summit consists of four different sessions running across four weeks in Vancouver and Surrey in July. Participants will engage in interactive and collaborative learning through each session. The Summit aims to instill leadership skills, explore identity, create an awareness of the importance of mental well-being, identify issues that impact youth, and facilitate career exploration.
In case you missed it in your mailbox, you can read our latest newsletter, BIG News, in PDF format below. We love sharing stories of how your hard work and support as donors and volunteers are making a difference in the lives of local children.
Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. Without them, we would not be able to put smiles on 1,200 local children’s faces each year.
It is our privilege to take a moment to celebrate our volunteers from the past, present, and future with this video:
Haywood Securities enters its 22nd year of supporting Bowl for Big Brothers! Here at Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver, we pride ourselves in helping children build long-lasting friendships with their mentors. So it’s hardly a surprise that our supporters also know a thing or two about loyalty. This April, Haywood Securities is celebrating its 22nd year of participating in in the Scotiabank Bowl for Big Brothers Classic. “It all started as a challenge from Scotiabank,” explains Tom Seltzer, Vice President and Director of Haywood Securities. “They challenged us to form a bowling team, so we signed