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: Matches are currently meeting virtually with the added bonus of being able to meet in person outside only. BGCBigs will be following all health guidelines.

Volunteer as a Big Brothers Big Sisters Edmonton BGCBigs

BIGS IN THE COMMUNITY

Volunteer as a Big Brother or Big Sister

Overview: Commonly known as the Big Brothers Big Sisters program or one to one mentoring. One mentor (Big) and one mentee (Little) spend time together building a friendship based on trust, support, common interests, and fun! Bigs and Littles participate in a variety of activities – everything from riding bikes, skating, reading, working on homework, cooking, playing video games to just talking and sharing with each other

Mentees: Anyone between the age of 6 and 18. These kids just need a little extra support

Mentors: Anyone over the age of 18 who cares about kids

Minimum Commitment: 2 – 4 hours every week or every other week for a minimum of one year

Availability: Edmonton, Strathcona County, Parkland County, Lac La Biche, Morinville, and St. Albert

Where: In the community at sporting events, festivals, coffee shops, swimming pools, libraries etc

When: Evenings and/or weekends when the mentor and mentee are both available

Volunteer Virtual Mentoring BGCBigs Edmonton

VIRTUAL MENTORING

Overview: Are you an individual who has enjoyed connecting with people over the phone, online and through video chats? We are excited to share with you our new Virtual Mentoring Program. Youth will be between the ages of 6 – 18 years of age. Our virtual mentoring program will support youth in a social-emotional capacity. Mentors are asked to connect online at least once a week with their mentee for a one-year commitment. We anticipate that through one-to-one mentoring children and youth will experience developmental relationships evidenced by the following elements: their mentor challenges them to grow, provides support, shares power, and children and youth know they matter to their mentor.

Over time, this helps children and youth develop self- and social-awareness improves their self-management and relationship skills, and helps them make responsible decisions.

Spend time with a mentee virtually by playing games together, making a craft or simply connecting.

Mentees: Anyone between the age of 6 and 18. Mentees will log on virtually either from home or their school.

Mentors: Anyone over the age of 18

Minimum Commitment: 45 to 60 minutes each week for a minimum of one year.

Availability: Edmonton, Strathcona County, Parkland County, Lac La Biche, Morinville, and St. Albert

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

Volunteer Virtual Tutoring BGCBigs Edmonton

VIRTUAL TUTORING

Overview: Are you an individual who has enjoyed connecting with people over the phone, online and through video chats? We are excited to share with you our new Virtual Tutoring program. Youth will be between the grades of 4-12. Mentors are asked to connect on line for 45-60 minutes once a week with their mentee for the current school year. Through virtual tutoring, children and youth receive academic support related to math, science, literacy and any other related subject.

Over time, this helps children and youth meaningfully improve their academic skills and become more confident in these abilities.

Spend time with a mentee supporting their academic success.

Mentees: Anyone between the grades of 4-12. Mentees will log on virtually either from home or their school.

Mentors: Anyone over the age of 16

Minimum Commitment: 45-60 minutes each week during the school term.

Availability: Edmonton, Strathcona County, Parkland County, Lac La Biche, Morinville, and St. Albert

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

Volunteer network youth employment BGCBigs Edmonton

netWORK - Youth Employment

Overview: Vitual 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 between the ages of 14-24 that have a specific interest in becoming ‘job ready’ and finding work.

Mentors: Anyone over the age of 18 that has successfully been in the workforce and wants to support youth in achieving their employment goals.

Minimum Commitment: 30-60 minutes every week or other week for 4 months.

Availability: Edmonton, Strathcona County, Parkland County, Lac La Biche, Morinville, and St. Albert

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

What To Expect

Our Role

  • Ensure the safety of our children and youth and our volunteers.
  • Work with you to match you with a young person or program where your interests and availability are considered.
  • Assign a direct contact person to provide support and establish expectations and follow up requirements.
  • Provide orientation and training so you know what to expect.
  • Help you be successful!
Your Role

  • Build a special friendship with a young person and have fun together.
  • Talk, listen, support, guide, encourage – believe in them and help them believe in themselves.
  • Keep others informed about what you’re doing.
  • Keep in touch with your staff contact person and ask questions as they arise. We also really like hearing about your experiences!
  • Provide a safe, responsible environment for the child in your care.
  • Be a mentor, a role model to a child
BGCBigs Volunteer Road Map 2020

Application Process

Step 1 – Application Form: Click here to submit your online application form. Please note we require three references so have those hand before you start.
Step 2 – Online Training: Click here. to complete your online training through the Alberta Mentoring Partnership.
Step 3 – In-Person Interview: We’ll contact you to set up an in-person interview where we’ll get to know you, learn why you want to mentor, and make sure you’re in the program that’s the best fit for your goals, skills, and lifestyle. The interview typically takes 2 hours. (Interviews are 1 hour for Behind the Scenes Volunteers)
Step 4 – In-Person Training: We’ll will contact you to set up your in-person training. Training typically takes 2 hours and we have multiple sessions available each week to fit your schedule. (This is not necessary for Behind The Scenes Volunteers)
Step 5 -Background Checks: After you come in for your interview/training, we’ll provide you with the paperwork to complete a Police Information Check and a Child & Family Services Check.
Step 5 – References: We’ll contact your references by phone or email.
Step 6 – Matching: We’ll contact you and let you know that you’re accepted! With our Bigs in the Community program it can take some time to match you to a child as we take care to make sure you’ll get along and have lots in common.

***It’s important to note that it can take up to 8 weeks to go through our application process and be matched with a child.**

Questions?

Jenna Brewer

Recruitment and Partnership Manager

P: 780.822.2510
E: jenna.brewer@bgcbigs.ca

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