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Roots Mentoring

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.

During the 2020-2021 school year, we will be offering Virtual Mentoring only.

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.

Interested in Joining?

Simply click on one of the buttons below.

Teen Mentor

Teen Mentoring

The Teen Mentoring program provides children in grades 1-7 with a Teen Mentor who is a positive role model and friend. We create one-to-one Mentor and Mentee Matches, who spend time getting to know one another, while in a group setting supported by a Mentoring Coordinator.

The Teen Mentor and Mentee build a bond and friendship by engaging in activities such as board games, sports, or just hanging out. The focus of the program is to enhance the Mentee’s self-esteem and confidence. In addition, our Teen Mentors also benefit from improved leadership skills and their interest in volunteerism.

All of our mentors in this program receive further opportunities for learning through our Youth Leadership initiatives. This program aims to further support teens in our programs and to offer them additional opportunities to develop leadership skills that they can apply in their everyday lives. These leadership skills include conflict resolution, activity planning, career planning, mindfulness, and child development. We have seen these youth who are given additional training able to mentor more effectively and receive more life skills through a higher level of participation in their program.

During the 2020-2021 school year, we will be offering Virtual Mentoring only.

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.

Interested in Joining?

Simply click on one of the buttons below.

In-School Mentoring

In-School Mentor:

The In-School Mentoring Program provides supportive one-to-one mentoring relationships to children and youth during their school day.

Mentoring relationships build a connection through play-based activities. Each session is child-led, based on the mentee’s interests, and may include exploring the playground, cooking in the school kitchen, or checking out arts & crafts and board games in our very own ‘Big & Little Activity Supply Bins. In this program, matches are only in contact during the designated one hour/week of program time.

Who can be a Mentor?

  • Adults 18+, inclusive of male, female, trans, and gender diverse individuals.​
  • Inclusive and welcoming of Mentors of all sexual orientations.
  • Reliability, consistency, dedication, and respectfulness of others.

What are the requirements?

  • Available 1 hour per week for the duration of a school year (excluding school breaks).
  • Able to express care, challenge growth, provide support, share power, affirm identity, and expand possibilities with a child or youth.

Who are the Little Buddies?

  • All grade 1-7 elementary students nominated by teachers or school staff, or self-nominated after learning of the program.
  • Will benefit from having an additional caring adult role model in their lives.

Volunteer applications received now will be for the 2021/2022 school year, and we'll be processing them as they come in.

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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