The Big Brothers Big Sisters Virtual Mentoring program provides children and youth with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through weekly virtual connections a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee that is built on trust and common interests and is supported by our experienced caseworkers. The result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee.
- Location: Red Deer , Sylvan Lake , Delburne , Bowden , Spruce View , Penhold , Elnora
- When: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Mentees are 5-17 years of age
- Mentors can be age 16 and older
- Mentoring relationships spend a maximum of one hour/week connecting virtually
- Expectations of a minimum of one year volunteering
For over 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been making a meaningful difference in the lives of children though our programs.
Serving as role models, mentors lead by example the importance of giving and giving back, of staying in school, and having respect for family, peers, and community. A mentor who encourages smart daily behaviours – finishing homework, having healthy social interactions, and saying no when it counts – has a noticeable influence on a young person’s growth and success.
- 98% of adults who were mentored believe they now make good life decisions
- They are 17% more likely to be employed
- 96% say they are happy
- Young adults who had mentors as kids are paying it forward, they are 50% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities and 13% more likely to donate to charity.
Big Brothers Big Sisters has mentors and mentees of all walks of life and experience which benefits youth that are going through diverse life events. Youth in the program are from age 5- 17 who are invested in the benefits of mentoring. Mentoring relationships are created based on the youth’s personality and characteristics as well as the mentors mentoring style. The mentoring match is created once all parties have connected virtually and feel the mentoring relationship will help move the mentee towards their goals.
Mentors must successfully complete each phase of the Agency’s enrollment process and participate in Pre-Match Training. The mentors are a friend to their mentee and maintain contact on a regular and consistent basis. Being a positive role model, emphasizing behaviour such as trust, respect, reliability, honesty, fairness, commitment, resilience, and kindness to their mentee will help instill healthy child/youth development.
There are a variety of activities that matches can participate in virtually. Existing mentoring relationships watch the “Panda Cam” from the Calgary Zoo and chat about what they see the animal doing. Other matches complete crafts and participated in different “show and tell” activities. If a mentee is younger, read them a story and then chat about it afterwards. For those who are brave, watch an online dance class together and try the steps! In addition, we send out resources for ideas that mentors can utilize on virtual visits.
Witnessing the transformation of a child into a confident, concerned, and motivated young person is a remarkable thing. Ushering them into adulthood, seeing them grow into a successful, responsible member of their community and society at large can be even more satisfying.
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