Teen Mentoring and Roots Mentoring programs match children from grades 1-7 with a Teen Mentor in grades 9-12, supported by a Mentoring Coordinator. Traditionally, Big and Little Buddies meet once a week at the child’s elementary school after school in a group setting, taking part in play-based activities.
As Big and Littles complete activities such as playing board games, sports, or just hanging out and getting to know one another, they build a bond and a natural mentorship is formed. The focus of the program is to enhance the Little Buddy’s self-esteem and confidence, through a natural connection with their Big Buddy. While the focus of the program is to enhance the Little Buddy’s self-esteem and confidence, our teen mentors also benefit from improved leadership skills and their interest in volunteerism.
Roots Mentoring amplifies and celebrates Indigenous cultures while learning from the experiences and teachings of Indigenous Community Leaders and honoured guests. We welcome Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to take part in fostering an environment of curiosity and dialogue to learn from one another and from our honoured guests.
During the 2020-2021 school year, we will be offering Virtual Mentoring only.
Virtual Mentoring is an electronic adaptation of our familiar Teen Mentoring and Roots Mentoring programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In Spring 2020, Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver recognized the urgent need to provide our student mentees with continued access to the 1:1 emotional and social support they receive from their volunteer mentor. Matches meet on Zoom after school in a private meeting room hosted and facilitated by a Mentoring Coordinator.
For more information regarding this program, please contact Danielle Olson, Site-Based Lead at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via phone at 604-802-8839.