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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.

Mentoring with Math

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2021 Update:

We want to extend our gratitude for your interest in volunteering for the Mentoring with Math program. We have had incredible interest from the community and the program is currently at full capacity. We are continuing to accept applications to volunteer for Mentoring with Math, however, please note that your application and interviews for Mentoring with Math will not commence until June 2021 in preparation for the Fall term.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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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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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.

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