Programs in Strathcona County

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Strathcona County

Big Brothers Big Sisters in Strathcona County is looking for volunteers just like you – from all walks of life, from all ages, with all interests.  Volunteers interested in spending one hour a week during the day or on evenings with local youth in a one-to-one relationship.  We support all volunteer mentors through the entire process – from application to training, to matching you to the right program and guiding your relationship. If you are interested in more information regarding this volunteer opportunity, please contact Tracy Lockhart at tracy.lockhart@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca or call or text 780-420-6352.

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BBBS Strathcona Programs

Community Big Brothers Big Sisters Program

The Community Big Brothers Big Sisters program is one mentor (Big) and one mentee (little) spending time together building a friendship based on trust, support, common interests, and fun! Bigs and Littles participate in a variety of activities – everything from riding bikes, skating, reading, working on homework, cooking, playing video games to just talking and sharing with each other. The focus is on friendship and new experiences. Volunteer Bigs (Mentors) are asked to be able to give a minimum of one hour a week or every other week for the duration of a year. Volunteers in this program are meeting youth out in the community evenings or week-ends.

Virtual Mentoring

Our virtual mentoring program will support Children in a social emotional capacity. Mentors are asked to connect on line at least once a week with their mentee for a one year commitment. We anticipate that through one-to-one mentoring children and youth will experience developmental relationships evidenced by the following elements: their mentor challenges them to grow, provides support, shares power, and children and youth know they matter to their mentor.

Virtual Reading

Children will be between the grades of 1-3. Mentors are asked to connect on line for 30 minutes once a week with their mentee for the current school year. Through virtual reading, children and youth receive academic support related to literacy.
Over time, this helps children meaningfully improve their academic skills and become more confident in their reading abilities.
Spend time with a mentee supporting their reading.

Virtual Tutoring

Children and youth will be between the grades of 4-12. Mentors are asked to connect on line for 45-60 minutes once a week with their mentee for the current school year. Through virtual tutoring, children and youth receive academic support related to math, science, literacy and any other related subject.

Over time, this helps children and youth meaningfully improve their academic skills and become more confident in these abilities.
Spend time with a mentee supporting their academic success.

In School Mentoring Program

*Note: This program is currently not running, please check back at a later date.

The In School Mentoring Program is a way to get involved with a child. It allows volunteers (mentors) to share time with a child in their school during the school day. Mentors meet with their littles (students) following the 20-20-20 rule: 20 minutes of getting to know each other and catching up, 20 minutes of school work or reading, and 20 minutes of free time. In addition to friendship, the focus is on literacy, social support and classroom support. Volunteers in this program are meeting youth in their schools during the school day (lunch hours even!). Matches in this program do not meet over the summer. Great opportunity for businesses to support their employees to get involved in a local volunteer program, and only have to give up an hour of their time each week!

Teen Bigs

The program locally is just beginning to develop programs at the high schools where students in Grades 10-12 can volunteer as mentors to elementary students (Grades 3-5). These programs are run in partnership with the high school and Boys and Girls Clubs Strathcona County. Any high schools interested in learning more, please contact Tracy Lockhart at tracy.lockhart@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca or 780-420-6352.

 

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*Note: When filling in the volunteer application form, please select “Strathcona” as your volunteer interest location.

Thank you to our local Partners & Sponsors!

FCS Strathcona

Heartland Alliance Church

Boys and Girls Club Strathcona County

Volunteer Strathcona

Iconium Media

Festival Place

Value Village, Sherwood Park

Recreation, Parks and Culture, Strathcona County

Questions?

Tracy Lockhart

Strathcona County Team Lead – Big Brothers Big Sisters