Did you know that 1 in 5 Edmonton students don’t finish high school? BGCBigs is part of the new initiative led by United Way of the Alberta Capital Region called All In For Youth that’s working to change that.
All in for Youth brings together programs and services in a new way to help every child achieve their very best, by providing support to them and their families. By taking care of critical needs now, we stand a far better chance of helping them get through tough times, build skills and set children up for academic success.
All In is currently being piloted in five inner city schools where there is a high need for services:
• St. Alphonsus Elementary/Junior High
• John A McDougall Elementary
• Delton Elementary
• Spruce Avenue Junior High
• Eastglen High School
We need over 300 volunteers to join us to work with kids in these schools!
So, you’re probably wondering what volunteering entails. Below are details on the ways you can get involved with All In:
Become a Big In School (highest need)
Overview: Spend an hour a week volunteering at one of the schools above. We’ll match you to a child who needs help with their homework, need to practice their reading, and who just needs a friend. If a child can’t read at a grade three reading level by the time they leave grade three they are more likely not to finish high school.
Commitment: 1 hour a week for the remainder of the school year
Availability: Sometime between 9am and 4:30pm from Monday to Friday
Become a Big After School
Overview: Spend a couple hours every week or every other week with kids in an after school program run at one of the school’s above. You’ll spend time with a group of kids who need extra support with their homework, reading, and social skills.
Commitment: 1 to 2 hours a week or every other week for a school year
Availability: Monday to Friday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm (depending on the day and location)
Become a Bigs in the Community
Overview: Spend a couple hours every week or every other week hanging out after work or on the weekend. This is our traditional Big Brother Big Sister program. We’ll match you to a child who needs an additional caring role model in their life to help with self-confidence, prevent bulling, and be another support to help the child get through adolescence.
Commitment: 1 to 2 hours a week or every other week for a year
Availability: After school/work and on the weekends
Please considering signing up to volunteer today. Your time could give a child or youth the extra support they need to graduate from high school. Click here to learn more about our application process.
Click here to learn more about All In For Youth and the partners working together to make it possible.