You see, families that have needed our help need it now more than ever. With you onboard, we have the power to change the courses of young people’s lives across our community, during the pandemic and beyond. Together, we can ignite the hope that we all need right now.
Dedicating your time to the life of a youth makes an impact that goes far beyond the Zoom calls, video game battles or tutoring sessions. Explore how you can get involved and watch our community change, one life at a time.
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 commit to giving 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.
In School Mentoring Program
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!
Please contact Tracy Lockhart at 780-420-6352 or firstname.lastname@example.org to see which schools this program is currently running in.
Learning Lab Mentors
This is a new program starting in September. We are looking for mentors who can spend an couple of hours a week between the hours of 3:00 and 8:00 hanging out in the newly created learning lab of Strathcona’s new youth hub (BGC CanTEEN located at 2016 Sherwood Drive, in the Park Centre and Hotel across from Mississippi Jacks) Volunteers are asked to commit to giving a minimum of one hour a week or a couple of hours biweekly for the duration of the school year, supporting youth in grades 6-12 with homework, resumes and post secondary preparation.
The Virtual tutoring program is one volunteer and one youth spending time together on academic related activities and assisting youth with homework in areas they may be struggling or simply needing additional resources. Children and youth are between grades 3 -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 (mentees log on from home generally after school hours), 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.
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.
What To Expect
- Build a special friendship with a young person and have fun together.
- Talk, listen, support, guide, encourage – believe in them and help them believe in themselves.
- Keep others informed about what you’re doing.
- Keep in touch with your staff contact person and ask questions as they arise. We also really like hearing about your experiences!
- Provide a safe, responsible environment for the child in your care.
- Be a mentor, a role model to a child
- Ensure the safety of our children and youth and our volunteers.
- Work with you to match you with a young person or program where your interests and availability are considered.
- Assign a direct contact person to provide support and establish expectations and follow up requirements.
- Provide orientation and training so you know what to expect.
- Help you be successful!
Children & Youth With A Mentor Are…
More Likely to Graduate
Less Likely to Rely on Social Services
More Likely to Have Improved Relationships
Children & Youth have increased confidence, self-esteem & sense of hope • Children get better academic grades • Children have improved school attendance • Children experience more positive interactions with peers, parents, & teachers • Children have better social and communication skills • Children are more likely to finish high school • Children are less likely to get involved with criminal activities