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Mentoring Opportunities at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windsor Essex

Have you been thinking that Mentoring with Big Brothers Big Sisters only includes one-to-one, long-term matches? Think again! Big Brothers Big Sisters offers a wide range of Mentoring opportunities to meet the varied needs of volunteers, children and families. This page provides information regarding the  programs offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windsor Essex. 


Fast Fact

Recent stats showed that 38% of children and youth served by Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies were involved in the one-to-one Mentoring program, while 62% were involved in other Mentoring programs, such as In-School Mentoring.

Big Brother Big Sister Mentoring

  • Matches children and youth with a volunteer Big Brother or Big Sister in a one-to-one Mentoring relationship
  • Requires a commitment of at least a few hours a couple of times a month for up to one year
  • Activities can be as varied as one's imagination!
  • Ideal for individuals who have the time to commit to a longer term friendship with a child or youth
  • A Big Brother provides positive adult male influence, support and consistent friendship  to boys ages 6-18, primarily because of father absence
  • A Big Sister provides positive adult female influence, support and consistent friendship to girls, ages 6-18 from a variety of family situations

Couples Mentoring 

  • Matches a couple with a child for a unique two-to-one friendship
  • The agency strives to match each couple with a child whose needs correspond with the couple’s abilities, interests and preferences
  • Requires a commitment of at least a few hours a couple of times a month for up to one year
  • Volunteers need to be  at least 20 years of age and 1 year in a common-law or married relationship
  • Matches children in grades 2-8  with a Mentor in a one to one relationship who meets with them in school
  • The emphasis is on building a meaningful friendship and is not about helping a mentee with homework
  • Generally requires a commitment of one hour a week for one school year
  • The volunteer and youth meet only at school and participate in a wide range of activities such as baking cookies, crafts, board games, playing basketball, paint nails, picnics, etc.  
  •  Ideal for individuals looking for a shorter time commitment who can give time during school hours

Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds

  • Group Mentoring program for girls, delivered by trained  female Mentors between the  ages 19-24 years
  •  Designed to  encourage physical activity, healthy eating and the development of a positive self-image among girls aged 12 to 14
  • Structured around three themes: active living, balanced eating, and feeling good about oneself
  • Fun, educational games and activities enhance the learning experience
  • Ideal for outgoing women looking to provide positive guidance to a group of young girls
  • Primarily school based and generally includes 8 ninety minute sessions throughout the school year (fall, winter, spring sessions)Generally requires a commitment for one school year
  • Please note that space in this program is limited and you may be referred to another program based on your preference.

Game On! Eat Smart, Play Smart, Live Smart!

  • Group Mentoring program for boys, delivered by trained male Mentors between the ages of 19-24 years
  • Designed to provide boys  ages 11-14 with positive male role models, and support boys and young men in choosing to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle
  • Positively address physical activity, healthy eating, nutrition, self-esteem, leadership and communication skills
  • Ideal for energetic men looking to provide positive guidance to a group of youth
  • Primarily school based and generally includes 8 ninety minute sessions throughout the school year (fall, winter, spring sessions)
  • Generally requires a commitment for one school year

Group Mentoring

  • Group Mentoring program is   primarily for children on the waiting list to be matched in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring program
  • Volunteers in this program are considered Group Leaders
  • Group Leaders make a difference in the life of a child by providing approximately 3  hours a week in assisting with group  outings, building social skills and just having fun
  • Group Leaders provide role modeling and Mentoring in a group capacity
  • The Group Mentoring Program generally runs two nights a week from October to May at the agency
  • Group Leaders may be required to provide transportation to group members and help with meal/snack preparation

Between Generations

• A school-based intergenerational program which provides an elementary school student with a unique one to one relationship  • Matches children in the primary grades with a mature mentor in a one to one relationship who meets with them in school only
• A mature mentor is a caring adult volunteer over the age of 50 years
• The emphasis is on building a meaningful friendship and is not about helping a mentee with homework
• Requires a commitment of one hour a week for one school year at minimum
• Matches participate in a wide range of activities such as baking cookies, crafts, board games, playing basketball, painting nails, picnics, etc. 
• Mentors benefit from the intergenerational connection while impacting the life of a child

On Track to Success Social Mentoring Group Program

Big Brothers Big Sisters, in partnership with United Way provides social mentoring programming to United Way’s On Track to Success participants. Volunteer Group Leaders provide bi-weekly mentoring activities to a group of grade nine students in the program, which are fun, help build self-esteem and positive, influential relationships. There are currently two groups running, one in Leamington and one in West Windsor.

A Group Manual with activities is provided to Leaders to implement, and include various psycho-educational components. Individuals between the ages 18-30 who are interested in becoming a Mentor to a group of youth are recruited for this program. Those interested will be required to complete the BBBSWE enrollment process which includes a group-specific training session before the start of the program.

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