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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 780-420-6352.
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BBBS Strathcona Programs
Community Big Brothers Big Sisters Program (in person program)
Our more recognized program is our Community Based 1:1 program (Big Brothers, Big Sisters or Couple Matches) - a volunteer is matched to a child or youth based on their location, interests and activities they would like to do in a match. The match (volunteer and child) spends that one on one time out in the community with each other for about 1-2 hours weekly or 2-4 biweekly (depending on availability and scheduling between the volunteer and family). The focus is on friendship and connecting youth to broader experiences, opportunities and networks. The match can participate in a wide range of activities such as going to parks, attending festivals and community events, bowling, baking, arts and crafts etc. We do encourage matches to focus on low or no cost activities in order to make the relationship affordable over the long period of time for both the volunteer and family.
Learning Lab (drop-in program)
This program is being run in partnership with BGC Strathcona County, and is a drop in program at the new youth hub (located at 123-2016 Sherwood Drive, in the Park Centre and Hotel across from Mississippi Jacks). The learning lab will be open from 3:00 – 8:00 Monday to Friday. The learning lab will be set up with computers, wifi, printer and more! Volunteers and staff will be present to support youth with homework questions or access to homework supports, resumes and post secondary preparation.
Virtual Tutoring (on-line program)
This program is geared toward students in grades of 3-12. Mentors are asked to connect on line for 45-60 minutes once a week with their matched student for the current school year. Students and their mentor will log on virtually either from after school/evenings depending on parent and student schedules. The focus of these connections would be to support and encourage students in various school subject areas. Over time, this helps children and youth meaningfully improve their academic skills and become more confident in their academic abilities.
In School Mentoring Program
*Note: This program is currently not running; further information to come in fall 2021.
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!
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 email@example.com or 780-420-6352.
“You are more inspirational than you think”
*Note: When filling in the volunteer application form, please select “Strathcona” as your volunteer interest location.
Thank you to our local Partners & Sponsors!
Heartland Alliance Church
Boys and Girls Club Strathcona County
Value Village, Sherwood Park
Recreation, Parks and Culture, Strathcona County
Strathcona County Team Lead – Big Brothers Big Sisters