Community Mentoring

Thank you for your interest in our Community based mentoring programs. At this time we are only accepting new referrals from our partners within Family Resource Networks or youth and families with involvement with Children and Family Services. These referrals can be submitted to Rachel Leaf at rachel.leaf@bgcbigs.ca or by calling 780-490-6843.

 

Due to overwhelming requests for mentorship and connection over the last several months, we have had to close our general intake for new youth applications. We're continuing our efforts in Volunteer Recruitment and are excited to be piloting a new site-based mentoring program to better serve the youth who are currently on our waitlists. We hope to increase our capacity for new youth in the future.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters or Big Sibling Program

Traditionally known as Big Brothers Big Sisters, our mentoring programs have grown in their diversity over the years. We’ll match your child with a Big Brother, Big Sister, or Big Sibling who will spend time with them out in the community. The focus is on positive role modelling.

In addition, we enroll young people who have had involvement with Children Services and could be living in alternate arrangements such as Foster Homes, Group Homes, or Kinship placements.

Kids Served: Kids between ages 6 and 24.

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PRISM (Pride, Respect, Identity, Safety, Mentoring)

PRISM is a mentoring program designed specifically for the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Edmonton.

The PRISM program matches children and youth who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ with an adult mentor who also identifies as 2SLGBTQ+ for a 1:1 mentoring relationship. Through regular outings, the match will foster a supportive, empowering, and fun friendship!

The purpose of a PRISM match is to:

  • Provide role models for 2SLGBTQ+ children and youth
  • Foster pride and self-confidence
  • Create connections within Edmonton’s  2SLGBTQ+ community
  • Offer 2SLGBTQ+ children and youth a safe adult mentor to have conversations with, provide support and celebrate who they are
  • and above all, have fun!

Enrollment Process

  • 1

    Application Form

    At this time we are only accepting new referrals from our partners within Family Resource Networks or youth and families with involvement with Children and Family Services. These partners can submit referrals to Jenna Brewer at jenna.brewer@bgcbigs.ca or by calling 780.504.5872.

  • 2

    In-Person Interview and Training

    We’ll contact you to set up an in-person interview where we’ll get to know the child so we can match them to the best volunteer. The interview typically takes 2 hours. We will also complete the Training with you and your child in the same appointment. We go over important concepts like boundaries and healthy relationships to make sure they’re starting their match off right.

  • 3

    Matching

    This is when we find your child a volunteer who is going to be a good fit. When we meet for your interview, we will discuss timelines and factors in finding a match for your child.

Locations Served

Location: Edmonton, Strathcona County, Parkland County, Lac La Biche, Morinville, and St. Albert
Cost: FREE!

Questions?

Rachel Leaf

Child & Youth Engagement Facilitator