Big Brothers Big Sisters Month – We Need YOU

Happy September!  It’s been a great summer but we’re excited for an amazing fall season with lots going on.  AND – it’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Month!  We are proud to celebrate and showcase the power and impact of mentoring. This special national proclamation provides us an opportunity to raise awareness about BBBS programming and the important role mentoring can play in lives of youth and the lifelong impact of BBBS mentoring programs on these youth as they grow into … Continue reading

#ThrowbackThursday: Pink Shirts

Since yesterday was National Day to End Bullying, we thought it would be appropriate to throwback to February 25 – Pink Shirt Day. Pink Shirt Day (PSD) began in Nova Scotia, Canada in 2007. A group of students decided to defend a kid who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In a show of solidarity, many of his peers turned up to school the next day wearing pink shirts, and PSD was born. By wearing a pink shirt, people … Continue reading

A Full Circle of Mentorship

Alberta needs more mentors. So in 2014, Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Red Deer, Alberta Human Services, and TransCanada banded together to build and launch a campaign to recruit more. The product was Mentoring Moments, an extension of the #8000Mentors movement to match youth in government care to a caring role mode. We got to travel the province and meet 5 amazing … Continue reading

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Dear Friends, Remembering the diversity of cultures, races, and ethnicities that is our reality today, I would like to share a few thoughts. After March 21 1960, my parents made the decision to move our family from South Africa to Botswana where I grew up. They wanted to protect us kids although it was the three youngest out of eight that were able to move with my mother to Botswana. My older siblings, who were in school, remained in South … Continue reading

Building Community By Changing Kids’ Lives

Twenty slides. Twenty seconds per slide. One big idea. That’s the presentation style that is Pecha Kucha. On March 5, Sydney Tordoff, a volunteer recruitment & training facilitator with BGCBigs, got up on stage in front of 500 people at Edmonton Next Gen’s Pecha Kucha Night 21.  Her topic? Mentoring, of course, and the power it has to change lives and build our community. Watch for yourself below!   Continue reading