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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.

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.

Interested in Joining?

Simply click on one of the buttons below.

Mentoring with Math

Who can be a Math 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?

  • Minimum 8-week commitment
  • Available to meet weekly for 90-minute sessions.
  • Programs offered every 3-4 months in Surrey, Burnaby, Vancouver, and virtually.

Who are the Little Buddies?

  • Children in grades 3-7 who demonstrate a need for assistance in math at their grade level

How does the program work?

Children in grades 3 – 7 are able to attend Mentoring with Math sessions each week for 90 minutes. For the first part of the session, volunteers 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.

Who tutors the children in the program?

The volunteers are not professional tutors but volunteers who have a desire to support children in their community. They are only available for assistance during the 90-minute program session. All volunteers go through Big Brothers’ screening and training process before joining the program.

Interested in joining the program?

Children in the program must be able to demonstrate a need for academic assistance in math at their grade level and not be able to access any other academic enrichment programs.

Further information

The program is based on JUMP Math, which is a numeracy program. It’s dedicated to enhancing the potential in children by encouraging an understanding and a love of math in students and educators. The REACH Community Fund helps Canadian non-profit and charitable community organizations that deliver tutoring or mentoring, homework clubs and schools that have a community volunteer program for tutoring outside of the classroom. REACH provides students with JUMP Math workbooks, tutor guides, and tutor training at no cost to approved tutoring programs. Our Mentoring with Math program is in partnership with SFU Surrey TD Community Engagement Centre, Sunset Community Centre in Vancouver, and North Burnaby Neighbourhood House.

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

Hear from a Mentoring with Math Mentor

"I have been part of Mentoring with Math for the past two years and have been paired up with many Littles. Each of them has been so different but when I think back from the beginning of the session until the very end, I see so much growth in every one of them, not only in terms of their math academic abilities but also them being more open and confident. Overall, being a math mentor has truly been rewarding!

Following the lockdown in March 2020, I was hesitant of joining virtual Mentoring with Math. I knew it wasn’t going to be the same as in-person but after talking to my Mentoring Coordinator about how it was going to be run, I was convinced of joining again, and thank goodness I did! They did a great job transitioning to a virtual program that is delivered through Zoom. The Mentoring Coordinators have been super helpful in explaining how this was going to be run virtually, coordinating the matches and if I had any questions or concerns, they have been there every step of the way."

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Here's what Airi, a Mentoring with Math volunteer and also a Big Brothers staff team member, has said about her experience with our Mentoring with Math program:

"I have been part of Mentoring with Math for the past two years and have been paired up with many Littles. Each of them have been so different but when I think back from the beginning of the session until the very end, I see so much growth in every one of them, not only in terms of their math academic abilities but also them being more open and confident. Overall, being a math mentor has truly been rewarding!

Following the lockdown last March, I was hesitant of joining virtual Mentoring with Math. I knew it wasn’t going to be the same as in-person but after talking to my Mentoring Coordinator of how it was going to be run, I was convinced of joining again and thank goodness I did! They did a great job transitioning to a virtual program that is delivered through Zoom. The Mentoring Coordinators have been super helpful in explaining how this was going to be run virtually, coordinating the matches and if I had any questions or concerns, they have been there every step of the way."

Pictured: Little Buddy Selina, Mentoring Coordinator Madison, Volunteer/Big Buddy Airi

Game On!

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2021 Update:

We want to extend our gratitude for your interest in volunteering for the Game On! program. Due to changes regarding in-person volunteer presence at schools and with our community partners across the Lower Mainland since the start of the global pandemic, we have been unable to offer Game On! at as many locations as we have in the past.

At this time, we are no longer accepting Game On! volunteer applications. When we re-open for new applications, this message will be removed from this page, and you'll be able to choose Game On! as an option in the application again.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Currently, we are still in high demand for Big Brother Community volunteers where Little brothers are waiting 3-4 years in some areas of the Lower Mainland for a Big Brother. If you consider becoming a Big Brother instead, you can learn more here or email volunteer@bbgvf.com for any questions.

Thank you for your support and patience, please be safe and take care!

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Through fun physical activities and active play, complemented with balanced eating support and snacks, participants are engaged in life skills, communication, and social-emotional health discussions to encourage a life-long healthy lifestyle. Sessions are structured around four themes:

  •   Physical Activity
  •   Balanced Eating
  •   Social-Emotional Learning
  •   Communication Skills

Who can be a 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?

  • Can commit to two 8-week programs, over two school terms.
  • Available to meet weekly for 90-minute sessions.

Who are the Little Buddies?

  • Boys, trans, and gender diverse children and youth in grades 4-7.
  • Will benefit from building self-confidence and learning how to practice healthy lifestyle choices.
Thanusan

“Regardless of the time required, volunteering in Game On is a worthwhile commitment.”

Hear what it's like to volunteer as a GameOn! big buddy from one of our volunteers, Thanusan. He’s been involved in our short-term volunteering opportunity consistently for a few years now.

Click the link below to learn the 3 reasons why volunteering in GameOn! might be right for you.

Teen Mentoring

Teen Mentoring

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2021 Update:

Our virtual Teen Mentor program is now full.

Please apply below only if you attend one of our partner schools identified in the dropdown list in the application.

If you have any specific questions, please email volunteer@bbgvf.com with any questions.

Thank you for your support and patience!

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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.

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 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.

Want to hear from a Teen Mentor?

Here is Salwa telling us why she volunteers with Big Brothers.

Salwa Takar (2) volunteer

In-School Mentoring

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Fall 2021 Program Update

Thank you for your interest in mentoring a child or youth in your community!

Due to program capacity, we are placing applications on hold in the cities and programs listed below. Your application is important to us. You will be contacted as soon as our program capacity increases. We look forward to starting the application process with you!

In-School Mentoring Program Applications on hold:
Burnaby

Please email volunteer@bbgvf.com with any questions. Thank you for your support and patience!

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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.

Big Brothers

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Fall 2021 Program Update

Thank you for your interest in mentoring a child or youth in your community!

We are currently accepting volunteer applications in Burnaby, New Westminster, Surrey, and the Tri-Cities.

Due to program capacity, we are placing applications on hold in the cities and programs listed below. Your application is important to us. You will be contacted as soon as our program capacity increases. We look forward to starting the application process with you!

Big Brothers Community Program Applications on hold:
Vancouver, Richmond, North and West Vancouver

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 17 years old.
  • Will benefit from having an additional caring adult role model in their lives.
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Want to hear a volunteer's perspective?

We sat down with Big Brother Volunteer, Scott and learned about why he loves to spend his time volunteering with Big Brothers.

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