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Roots Mentoring

The Roots Mentoring program provides children in grades 1-6 with a Teen Mentor that will act as a positive role model and friend in their learning. Matches meet in a group setting and are supported by a Mentoring Coordinator.

The Teen Mentors in the Roots Mentoring program also participate in the Youth Leadership component of the Teen Mentoring program, which empowers and encourages them to be leaders, and engages the youth in skill-building workshops, group facilitation, and public speaking opportunities, and community events.

The Roots mentoring program requires a weekly one-hour commitment of mentoring after-school and consistent participation in Youth Leadership, throughout the school year.

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.

The Roots Program is inspired and informed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. At BBGV we continue to build a foundation on which strong and collaborative relationships can grow between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth, mentors, staff, and community partners.

Virtual Mentoring

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.

Who can be a Teen Mentor?

  •   All genders in grade 9-12
  •   Any student in Greater Vancouver

Who can be a Little Buddy?

  •  All genders in grade 1-7
  •  Any student in Greater Vancouver

For more information regarding enrolling your child into this program, please contact Danielle Olson, Site-Based Lead at danielle.olson@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca, or via phone at 604-802-8839.

What are the requirements?

  •   1 hour/week
  •   1 school year commitment
  •   1-to-1 time

The Benefits to the Volunteer

  • Gain volunteer hours towards graduation
  • Develop leadership skills and build your resume
  • Make new friends
  • A fun way to make a huge impact in your community

The Benefits to the Child

  • Increased self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Improved decision-making skills
  • Improved ability to express feelings
  • Less likely to bully or be bullied.

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