The Red Deer & District Community Foundation granted Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Red Deer and District $9,000 for the purpose of recruiting and supporting eight new mentoring matches in the coming year. This program will match a caring adult mentor with a child (mentee) and provide the training and support that will enable the relationship to flourish and create opportunities for the mentee to grow and discover his/her potential. Research has shown that for every $1 invested in a mentoring relationship between a caring adult and a child has a social return on investment of $18 back to society.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Red Deer and District (BBBS) has been serving Central Alberta since 1976 and continues to impact children and families through caring positive adult role models. Program manager, Dawn Flanagan states “We are thrilled that through this funding support we will be able to create eight new mentoring relationships in the coming year”.

The Red Deer & District Community Foundation is committed to growing a legacy for charities. It is a locally governed, privately funded, public foundation registered with the Canada Revenue Agency. It is the only local charity focused on creating and building permanent endowment that serve the Central Alberta community. It has a 360º granting philosophy that caters to all sectors-from arts and culture to the environment, seniors, community development and education.