A Good Life

One of the focuses of our Club’s is to provide kids with new opportunities and experiences. The Afro Quiz is one example. It’s a Jeopardy-style quiz competition held each year during Black History Month to celebrate the rich history of people of African descent across the globe. This year, a 12 year old boy named Aashwin decided to try his hand at the Afro Quiz. Just over a year and a half ago, he and his mother moved to Canada … Continue reading

Adjusting to Canadian Life

It was 2007 when Gi Eun brought her two daughters, Crystal and Julia, from Korea to Canada on student visas. Crystal, now 14, explains that the transition was really difficult for her whole family because they simply didn’t know what to expect. It took them a few years to settle into Canadian life and in 2012, Gi Eun learned about Big Brothers Big Sisters. “I signed my girls up for a mentor because I wanted them to learn about Canadian … Continue reading

Vital Signs – A Group For Boys

It’s no secret that Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters (BGCBigs) has a lot of kids on our waiting list for a Big Brother or Sister. Right now the number is right around 1000, with 800 of those being boys. Thanks to the support of the Edmonton Community Foundation Vital Signs program, we’re piloting a project that will address the needs of our community’s boys with a bit more urgency. Vital Signs funding has generously allowed us to … Continue reading

Health & Happy Futures

We are so fortunate to have nearly 3,000 caring volunteers working with children and youth in our community. And we love when they share their experiences with us. Divya Jha is a mentor in our EXCEL Program™ and she recently shared her experience this past year in the hopes that hearing directly from a volunteer will inspire others to get involved.  I have been an In-School Mentor with BGCBIGS since 2011, and I have loved every minute of it. About … Continue reading

Ready For Summer?

Summer is just around the corner, and we can’t wait to spend the days enjoying the sunshine with our community’s kids!  We’ve got nearly 20 summer camps and summer programs to keep Edmonton and area kids active and engaged over the break. Plus, we do our best to ensure that all of our programs foster self-confidence, create new opportunities, and help kids forge strong relationships. Last summer, our Millwoods Welcome Centre summer camp took a field trip to Fort Edmonton … Continue reading