Making A Kiddo Feel Special

The first time Gwen was told she should become a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters (as we were called at the time), she declined and told us she was just too busy. A year later, she was approached again. But this time something was different. “I realized I was just making excuses not to. So I signed up and became an In School Mentor (Big in School) for 5 year old Holly. I figured that a tiny piece of … Continue reading

Club Kids “Get In The Game”

Since July 2013, close to 5,000 young people across Canada have been given a sporting chance thanks to “Canadian Tire Jumpstart Get in the Game!”, a pilot program launched by Jumpstart and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada that aims to remove the financial barriers keeping many kids from participating in organized sports and physical activities. From November 2014 to April 2015, our Club kids at Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area had the … Continue reading

Watch As This Average Guy Steps Up to Help Out

At BGCBigs, we’re pretty honest about the high need for male role models in young boys’ lives. It’s true for our community of Edmonton, for the communities where we operate satellite offices in Alberta, and for all of North America. While we also need good women to step forward and become Big Sisters, the need is simply far greater when it comes to men. That need resonated with our friends at TELUS and they wanted to help us demonstrate how … Continue reading

Volunteers Are Heroes

“I think a hero is any person really intent on making this world a better place for all people.” -Maya Angelou   At Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters we couldn’t agree more. To us, those heroes are our volunteers. Over 3,000 of them make it possible for us to provide caring relationships and safe places for nearly 5,000 children and families each year. They invest their time, commitment, and passion to offer guidance, friendship, and support to … Continue reading

Reflections on Being a Big Sister

Below is a beautiful reflection on the journey of mentoring we received from Heather MacKenzie, a Big Sister. We hope you’re as moved by we are by her words.  In 2002, I was 19 years old and enrolled in a Sociology course at the University of Alberta called Juvenile Delinquency. In that course, I learned that deterrence techniques are not an effective means of keeping youth on track. Rather, mentoring is a much more effective method of helping youth stay … Continue reading