Big Brothers Mentoring Program
“My son looks forward to seeing his ‘Big’ each week. He has a male role model to spend time with and that means everything to me.”
— Shelley, Mom of a “Little Brother”
The Big Brothers Mentoring Program supports boys who have limited to no contact with a positive male role model by providing them with an adult “Big Brother” mentor. Big Brother mentors are volunteers who spend quality time one-to-one with their Little Brother, building their friendship over sports, hobbies, cultural events, etc. Whenever possible, our organization provides activity ideas and free tickets and admission vouchers to Big and Little Brothers.
Racy Sidhu met his Big Brother Randy over 30 years ago; the two remain close friends. Read their story.
“On numerous occasions, I’ve seen Little Buddies standing at the door of their school or staring out the window anxiously awaiting the arrival of their Big Buddy. The smile on the Little Buddy’s face upon the arrival of his or her Big is absolutely priceless.”
— Tammie Manson, Program Manager
Our In-School Mentoring Program matches children with an adult male or female volunteer. The children have been identified by their teacher or other school staff as students who could benefit from some additional attention from a caring role model. Big and Little Buddies meet once a week during school hours on school grounds to play games, bake cookies, read, or just hang out.
Click here to read the story of how Constable Karen Baker volunteers as a Big Buddy through a special Surrey RCMP program.
Teen Mentoring Program
“All in all, being a Teen Mentor for three consecutive years has been an amazing experience; for the both of us. I would not only highly recommend, but encourage anyone interested in making a difference to do so.” Read Ryan’s story.
The Teen Mentoring program matches elementary-aged children with a teen Big Buddy from a nearby high school. The children have been identified by their teacher or other school staff as students who would benefit from some additional attention from a caring role model. Big and Little Buddies meet once a week on school grounds along with other Big and Little Buddy matches. While the focus of the program is to enhance the Little Buddy’s self-esteem, teen mentors benefit from improved leadership skills and interest in volunteerism. Many Teen Mentors even continue to volunteer as In-School Mentors after high school.
Game On! Mentoring Program
“I’m so thankful and happy that I reached out to your organization. My son has come a long way and grown positive in
just a couple of years with his Big Buddy.”
— Linda, Mom of a Little Buddy
Game On! is a group mentoring program that teaches boys about physical, mental, and emotional health. This after-school program incorporates sports, a healthy snack, and weekly discussions on topics like self-esteem and video games to encourage healthy lifestyle choices.
Go Girls! Mentoring Program (Sea to Sky Corridor Only)
“The best thing about the Go Girls! Program is that I can make a bunch of new friends and no one there was a bully.”
— Sarah, a Little Buddy
Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds is a group mentoring program that encourages physical activity, healthy eating, and the development of a positive self-image, among pre-teen and teen girls. This program is offered through our Big Brothers Big Sisters office in the Sea to Sky Corridor.
During the 10-week Go Girls! program, the Little Buddies learn about emotional, social, and physical health with their Big Buddy volunteer mentors. Physical activities, games, and group discussions are structured around the three themes: active living, balanced eating, and feeling good about oneself.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is proud to partner with Squamish Recreation Services to offer this program.
Mentoring with Math
“The Little Buddy has a special friend who visits them once a week and this can help with peer relationship development as well. Kids in these programs start seeing school as a more positive or happy place, which can enhance their enjoyment of school, and can even help with grades and attendance for some students.”
— Tammie Manson, Program Manager
Mentoring with Math is a 10-week program in Surrey, BC which matches volunteer mentors with children to build confidence in their math skills and build a strong friendship. The children are elementary students who need assistance in math at their grade level but who do not otherwise have access to academic assistance outside of school. This program is offered free of charge.
Space for the program is generously provided by SFU’s TD Engagement Centre. The REACH Community Fund helps provides workbooks and tutor guides from the Jump Math curriculum to engage students in a fun and inviting way.
Local children benefit from the friendship and academic assistance provided by Mentoring with Math thanks to the generosity of volunteers and donors. You can help by volunteering or making a donation today.
Quest Club Mentoring Program (Squamish)
“…even when my daughter missed school the same day, she still got herself together to go to Quest Club. As a parent, I am extremely grateful that my daughter had this opportunity.” — Mom of a Little Buddy
The Quest Club Mentoring Program provides Squamish youth with academic support and friendship by matching them up with Big Buddy mentors (mostly students from Quest University Canada). The teens are ninth grade students who cannot afford tutoring and who could benefit from added guidance and support in math and sciences. The Big and Little Buddies engage in educational activities, complete homework together, and, most of all, have fun together — igniting a love for learning in a safe, supportive environment.
Learn more about how you can get involved in Quest Club.
Sports Mentoring (Squamish)
“This special person arrives week after week to spend time with their Little. They do this voluntarily and without pay. This teaches kids in the program that there are kind and generous people out there. This is the highlight of the week for so many of the kids in our school and site-based programs.”
— Tammie Manson, Program Manager
The goal of the Sports Mentoring Program is to provide mentoring to co-ed youth, ages 10-14 years, who have expressed interest in learning how to play and take part in sporting activities. Youth will be mentored by volunteers once-a-week after school hours for 10 weeks who will teach them physical literacy, life skills, goal setting, character building and good sportsmanship. The program takes place outdoors in Squamish during the summer months in partnership with Squamish Recreation Services.
Learn more about how you can get involved in the Sports Mentoring Program.
Aboriginal Mentoring Program
“Being involved in this program has been one of the best decisions I have made for my son. He has not only been able
to connect with an excellent mentor, friend and role model but he has had amazing experiences as a result of their
relationship as well as the opportunities presented by BBGV. This agency and his big brother has had such a
positive impact on both of our lives.”
Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver (BBGV) commits to building respectful relationships and partnerships with the Aboriginal community, including First Nations, Inuit and Metis people. BBGV is dedicated to providing positive support through mentorship and leadership training to Aboriginal children, youth and their families.
BBGV welcomes Aboriginal boys and girls into the Big Brother/Big Sister Community Program as well into the School and Site-Based Programs. In addition, the Aboriginal Teen Mentoring program provides leadership training for Aboriginal youth through a specially designed curriculum with a cultural perspective. This program aims to empower youth to be leaders and mentors in their schools and communities. The youth leaders are trained to become mentors to elementary school children during the school year.
An earlier partnership with the Red Fox Healthy Living Society in East Vancouver included afterschool mentoring and ‘Active Play’ programs. This partnership supported the development of team-building skills, leadership and healthy, active living for urban Aboriginal youth through various activities and games.
BBGV is committed to growing their partnerships with the Aboriginal community and to continue its engagement with Aboriginal children, youth and their families.
If you’d like to learn more, please contact Joanne at 604.876.2447 x301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Geoffrey is now better able to understand his own feelings about hard topics like homelessness and other issues he faces in his own neighbourhood.”
-Barb, Mom to a “Little Buddy” Click here to read more of her story