Overview: Bigs in the Community, most commonly known as Big Brothers Big Sisters or one to one mentoring is the foundation of Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations. Since 1904 children and youth have benefited from friendship with an older, caring individual through these programs. One mentor (Big) and one mentee (Little) spent 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 result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee.
- The Circle is a more targeted version of our Big Brothers Big Sisters program. It focused on matching youth aged 10 to 18 who meet certain criteria and need a little extra support. Click here to learn more.
- Couples Mentoring is a version Big Brothers Big Sisters programs also exists where a couple can mentor a child – usually a boy – and share the responsibilities involved. Boys are more difficult to match as the rate of men becoming volunteer mentors is significantly less than women. This is an excellent alternative to one to one opportunities.
Mentoring: Click here to learn more about the value and impact of mentoring.
Minimum Commitment: 1 hour a week or 2 hours every two weeks for a full year
Availability: We offer Big Brothers Big Sisters programs all across Edmonton as well as in Strathcona County, Parkland County, Cold Lake, Lac La Biche, Morinville, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, & Vegreville. We are certain that we can match you to a child in your community.
Application Process: Click here to read about what our process looks like.