An Eye Opening Opportunity

We just love when volunteers want to share their experiences with us. Below is a testimony from volunteer Stephanie Mah. I was a mentor with EXCEL for about two years while attending the University of Alberta until completing my undergraduate degree in Psychology.  During my time there, I worked with several students in grades 3 and 4, assisting them with Language Arts and Math.  In a typical day, I would spend about an hour working on homework with students, and then … 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

Friendship, Laughter & Cookies

Shiloh admits that when she was 10 years old she didn’t get along very well with other kids at school. “I needed someone to talk to,” she says. Her mom heard about the mentoring programs at Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters (BGCBigs) and Shiloh agreed to try it out. “It’s risky because you’re putting yourself out there. But it turned out to be worth it.” Shiloh was matched to Danielle, a caring volunteer with a myriad of … Continue reading

A Place for Tutoring & Mentoring

The EXCEL (Excite, Challenge, and Empower Learners Program) has grown tremendously since its inception in September 2013. EXCEL is a supervised after school homework program that supports kids from Grade One to Grade Six at McKee School who could benefit from additional support with their schoolwork. Each Wednesday throughout the school year, students get to meet up with EXCEL Program Mentors for tutoring and mentoring. “We were thrilled that EXCEL did so great this year,” says Brittney Hislop, BGCBigs Community … Continue reading

12 Reasons NOT to Volunteer

(and our rebuttals) As a charity involved in the volunteer recruitment business, we get to hear a lot of reasons why people can’t volunteer. Last month, our recruitment team spent over 100 hours in the community, tabling events, presenting to companies and universities, striking up conversations with strangers, putting up posters, and working their hardest to find caring adults to spend some time with children. They’ve heard ALL the reasons in the book; here are their Top 12. 1.    You … Continue reading