Thank you for your interest in our Community based mentoring programs. At this time we are only accepting new referrals from our partners within Children Services and Family Resource Networks. These partners can submit referrals to Fardoussa Omar at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 for a period of 6 months. During this time, we will focus our efforts on Volunteer Recruitment (as well as new program ideas) to better serve the youth who are currently on our waitlists. If you are a parent or guardian seeking support and resources, we are happy to help connect you as best we can. Please contact Fardoussa Omar at Fardoussa.Omar@bgcbigs.ca or by calling 780-490-6843. Please check this website for updates after September 15, 2023.
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.
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!
Submit the online application form through the button below to enroll a child in either the Bigs program, netWORK, or Prism. Please indicate on the form which program you are interested in. If you would prefer to submit a paper application please contact Amerdep.
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.
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.
Location: Edmonton, Strathcona County, Parkland County, Lac La Biche, Morinville, and St. Albert