Do you know a boy who could benefit from having a Big Brother? The Big Brothers Program serves boys aged 7-14 who have limited-to-no contact with positive male role models. They are matched with adult male Volunteers who commit to spending 2-4 hours a week for a minimum of one year with their Little Brothers, providing friendship, guidance and support.
In-School Mentoring is a one-to-one encouragement program for boys and girls in grades 1-7. A child and his/her Big Buddy meet for one hour a week at the child’s elementary school to play games and sports, do arts and crafts, or just hang out and talk. Volunteers commit to a minimum of one year (but they do not meet over the summer break or during other school holidays).
The Teen Mentoring Program matches girls and boys with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with, within school grounds. For one hour a week, mentors meet with their mentee and engage in activities such as board games, crafts or just hang out in the playground.
Game On! uses a group mentor approach to provide boys with information and support to make informed choices about healthy lifestyle practices.
Children in grades 3 – 7 are able to attend the Mentoring With Math sessions each week for 90 minutes. For the first part of the session, they will use a variety of techniques based on the principles of the JUMP Math numeracy program to encourage an understanding and love of math. The second part of each weekly session will encourage students in the program to interact with one another through a number of games and activities. This program is designed for children struggling with math concepts at or below their grade level.
At Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver, child safety is our number one priority. Due to the nature of any program involving adults spending one-to-one time with children, child safety is important. As such, our staff are committed to going above and beyond to ensure and maintain the safety of the child at all times.