Bigs in the Community

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COVID Update: 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

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

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Volunteer as a Big Couple

Overview: This is a twist on the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters program. What makes this version unique is that you get to volunteer with a partner.  Two mentors (Bigs) 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: On average 3 hours every week or every second week

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

*Note: When applying for a couples match, each individual will have to apply separately and will need to book their interviews individually.

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Youth in Care

Overview: is an inclusive youth mentoring program designed to give young people the confidence to achieve more. The Youth in Care Program pairs youth with positive, understanding adults who encourage them to find strength from within. Founded on the belief that people are empowered through consistent and supportive relationships, this program is focused on 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. There are two options for volunteers: 1) one-to-one, and 2) group.

ONE TO ONE
Mentees: Between 6 and 24 years old who are/were involved with Child & Family Services

Mentors: Anyone over 18 who is sensitive other cultures, backgrounds, life circumstances, anyone who feels they can relate to a youth who identifies with some of the above.

Minimum Commitment: On average 3 hours every week or every second week

Availability: Edmonton

Where & When: In the community, evenings and/or weekends

GROUP
Mentees: Between 10 and 17 years old who are/were involved with Child & Family Services

Mentors: Anyone over 24 who is sensitive other cultures, backgrounds, life circumstances, anyone who feels they can relate to a youth who identifies with some of the above.

Minimum Commitment: 2 hours per week for a minimum of one year

Availability: Edmonton

Where & When: Group takes place at our McCauley Club on the same day each week

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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