Our Programs

Thank You Canada Summer Jobs, REACH, and Realtors Community Foundation for Supporting our Summer Programming

September 27, 2023

We would like to express a huge Thank You to Canada Summer Jobs, REACH and the Realtors Community Foundation for supporting our Summer Programming this year. Thanks to their generous support, we were able to run eight different summer camp locations that operated each week from Monday through Friday and we employed twenty (20) Canada…

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Mentor helping mentee study

100 Post-Secondary Students Can Earn $1,000 Bursary through New Mentoring Pilot Project

September 1, 2023

Students Mentoring Students Bursary (SMSB) is an exciting pilot project (in collaboration with Volunteer Alberta) that provides valuable resume-building experience and skills, PLUS a $1,000 bursary to 100 post-secondary students in Edmonton and Area. The reality is, that many volunteers are facing more barriers such as lack of transportation, less available free time and less…

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French Camp held at La Cité Francophone

July 31, 2023

Nous célébrons nos enfants Francophones dans notre belle communauté très diverse avec le Camp Multi-Arts été 2023 !  En partenaire avec l’Unitéâtre, La Girandole, le Centre d’Arts Visuels de l’Alberta et le Centre de Développement Musical, Grands Frères et Grandes Sœurs d’Edmonton et région ont pu coordonner ce beau camp : 4 artistes/disciplines, 2 assistantes et…

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All in For Youth – Helping children and families thrive in school and in life

June 22, 2023

The United Way recently released the Year 6 Impact Report for All in For Youth (AIFY), a vital program to help vulnerable students graduate high school and break the cycle of poverty. BGCBigs is a proud partner and supporter of AIFY, helping to provide mentors and out-of-school-time (OST) programming. But AIFY is much more than…

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Corporate Mentorship: Stantec Leads The Way

March 4, 2019

Did you know that youth who have mentors are statistically more likely to excel than those who do not? That’s what our programs are all about, providing the best possible outcome for the children in our communities. Unfortunately, demand exceeds supply. We have over 1500 children currently waiting to be matched with a mentor. Over…

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Youth In Care: Mentorship Matters

November 30, 2018

Our Children and Youth in Care and Mentoring program matters. This program fosters meaningful relationships between adult mentors and young people, and the demographic of youth we support are facing unusual challenges – living in foster care, under government guardianship, and often involved in criminal activity.  This puts them at risk for negative outcomes. That’s…

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Rookie League

October 15, 2018

Rookie league has grown at our Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters clubs in Edmonton. Four years ago it consisted of a one day event where a number of children came to a ball diamond to play some modified games. Today it is an eight week program at three different sites. It’s not…

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MacEwan Basketball Team Scores with Mentorship Program

July 26, 2018

This year brought the inception of a partnership between the MacEwan Griffins men’s and women’s teams and Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area (BGCBigs) to support the students of Spruce Avenue Junior High School. Students from Spruce Avenue who would benefit from mentorship, were able to travel to MacEwan…

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Conversation Club – A Success Story

May 16, 2018

On Thursday afternoons, once the last bell rings, there is a rush of feet and the buzz of excited chatter as elementary school kids stampede down the hallways, heading for the bright sunshine beckoning through the open front doors. Left behind are empty hallways and the fading echoes of the day’s lessons. School is out…

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Pink Shirt Day 2018

February 15, 2018

What is Pink Shirt Day? Pink Shirt Day started in 2007 when two grade 12 boys noticed another boy being bullied for wearing a pink shirt. Their response was to go out and buy 50 pink shirts to distribute and wear to school to support the boy who was being bullied. Pink Shirt Day is…

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