A mentor is defined as a `wise advisor`.  In BGCBIGS terms, a mentor is an older individual who is there to spend time with a younger person to support their development, provide friendship and guidance, and offer a different perspective on the world.  Basically, mentoring is an additional caring relationship for a kid.  Mentors spend time with mentees in a variety of activities that may include focus on recreation, education or social and life skills.  Mostly, mentors and mentees (Bigs and Littles) have fun together.  This kind of relationship has proven positive results in the life of a child.

A mentor provides inspiration, acceptance, challenge, a sympathetic ear and exposure to new ideas and activities.
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  • Confidence, self-esteem and sense of hope
  • Academic grades
  • School attendance
  • Interactions with peers, parents and teachers
  • Social and communication skills
  • They’re more likely to finish high school and less likely to be involved in criminal activities

Mentoring makes a BIG difference.  Studies show that children matched with mentors are:

  • 80% more likely to finish high school
  • 46% less likely to use drugs
  • 27% less likely to use alcohol
  • 52% less likely to skip school

As well, 78% of former “Littles” who came from a social assistance background don’t rely on social assistance as adults.  Even spending as little as an hour a week with a mentor can make a difference.

  • 64% of students with an In-School Mentor developed more positive attitudes toward school
  • 58% achieved higher grades in social studies, language and math
  • 60% improved relationships with adults
  • 56% improved relationships with peers

Click here to enrol a child or contact BGCBigs at 780.424.8181 for more information.