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BGCBigs Community mentoring for Kids

Big Brothers Big Sisters

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 or Big Sister who will spend time with them out in the community. The focus is on positive role modelling.

In addition we enrol 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 age 6 and 24.

Volunteer network youth employment BGCBigs Edmonton

netWORK-Youth Employment (For Youth 14-24)

Overview: Virtual 1:1 Employment & Job Readiness Mentoring program. Youth are 14 years of age or older, and are matched to a mentor for about 4 months (4 months is the recommended minimum time frame, but should the match want to continue past the 4 month mark an option for this extension can be provided). The match meets virtually every week or every other week as set by both the youth and the mentor. The focus of the program is employment and job-readiness, including activities such as resume building, confidence and soft skill development, interview prep, work experience, etc. Our Youth Employment Coordinator is there to provide support and assistance and can help provide resources and opportunities to meet the youth’s goals

Mentees: Youth ages 14 or older

Where: Virtually through Zoom, Google meets, or other agreed virtual platform.

PRISM Program at BGCBigs Edmonton

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

Overview: 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 friendship that is supportive, empowering and fun!

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!

To participate in PRISM:

  • Mentees self identify as 2SLGBTQ+, are between 6-24 years old, and want a mentor who identifies as 2SLGBTQ+
  • Mentors self identify as 2SLGBTQ+, are a minimum of 18 years old, and want to be matched with a mentee who identifies as 2SLGBTQ+
  • Time commitment of 1 year

Enrollment Process:

  1. Application Form: Click here to submit your online application form.
  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

If you would prefer to submit a paper application please contact Alexis Forbes.

Locations Served

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

Questions?

Alexis Forbes

Child and Youth Engagement Facilitator

P: 780.490.6843
E: alexis.forbes@bgcbigs.ca

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