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Big Brothers

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2021 Update:

We want to extend our appreciation for your interest in volunteering in our programs.

At this time applications submitted to the Community Program (or Big Brother program) from those in the city of Vancouver specifically will be placed on hold. However we still have a massive need for Big Brother volunteers in all other cities, see below for more information.

The Game On! Program will be on hold indefinitely at this time as we’re unable to offer as many sessions as we did prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our staff will contact all applicants by phone to discuss the next steps and to explore other volunteer opportunities within Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver.

Community Program (or Big Brother program) applicants based in Vancouver are encouraged to consider their ability to travel to one of the following areas for the full term of a match (minimum 1 year) to support a child or youth in need of mentorship: Coquitlam, Delta, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, or West Vancouver. Many children are waiting upwards of 2-3 years for a mentor in some of those locations.

Please email volunteer@bbgvf.com with any questions.

Thank you for your support and patience!

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Who can be a Big Brothers Mentor?

  • Male, trans, and gender diverse individuals who are 18+. ​
  • Inclusive and welcoming of Mentors of all sexual orientations.
  • Reliability, consistency, dedication, and respectfulness of others.

What are the requirements?

  • A one-year commitment to one-to-one mentoring.
  • Able to meet weekly for 2-4 hours with a Mentee.
  • Able to express care, challenge growth, provide support, share power, affirm identity, and expand possibilities with a child or youth.

Who are the Little Brother Mentees?

  • Boys, trans, and gender diverse children and youth between the ages of 7 and 14 years old.
  • Will benefit from having an additional caring adult role model in their lives.
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