One to One Mentoring

Big Brothers Mentoring

The Big Brothers mentoring program provides boys and young men with a role model to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee, which is built on trust and common interests, and is supported by our experienced case-workers. The result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee.

The Big Brothers mentoring program usually requires two regularly scheduled outings a month of a few hours each and a minimum of a one year commitment.

Program funded by United Way of Durham Region

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Big Sisters mentoring

The Big Sisters mentoring program provides girls and young women with a role model to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee, which is built on trust and common interests, and is supported by our experienced case-workers. The result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee.

The Big Sisters mentoring program usually requires two regularly scheduled outings a month of several hours each and a minimum of a one year commitment.

Program funded by United Way of Durham Region

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In-School Mentoring

The In-School mentoring program provides youth with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up within school grounds. For one hour a week, mentors meet with their mentee and engage in activities such as board games, crafts or just hang out on school grounds.

The In-School mentoring program requires a weekly visit of one hour for the duration of the school year. Matches do not meet over the summer break or during other school holidays.

Program funded by Ontario Ministry of Education

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Group Programming

Go Girls! is a group mentoring program for girls ages 12-14 that focuses on physical activity, healthy eating, and positive social and emotional development. The single, most important goal of the program is to positively shape the lives of young women and girls by helping them build a positive self-image – setting them on a path to reach their full potential in life.

The Go Girls! program consists of seven mentoring sessions, held over a 7-10 week period, within school facilities. Each 1.5-2 hour-long session is structured around three pillars: physical activity, healthy eating, and positive social and emotional development.

Program funded by Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart

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Hoops ‘n’ Homework provides marginalized and diverse youth with the opportunity to participate in free after-school or summer camp activities. Volunteer mentors facilitate activities that support the social and academic growth of young people through literacy tutoring, homework help, and enrichment. Youth aged 13 – 15 years old participate once per week for an eight week period.

Sessions include three program areas:

Homework – Mentors will support youth in completing any assigned homework from school. If the youth does not have assigned homework, mentors will provide age and stage appropriate academic activities.

Life skills – During this time, mentors and youth will have a snack and discuss topics like decision-making, coping with stress, effective communication, problem-solving, and self-awareness.

Basketball – Under the direction of an experienced basketball trainer, youth will become better players and improve ability to work with others, play as a team, and cooperate.

For more information about Hoops ‘n’ Homework, contact Jasmin HERE or at 905-831-3777.

Program funded by Ontario Trillium Foundation

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West Durham is pleased to be rolling out a new program for young men: “Switch Gears”.  This new program is thoughtfully designed to support the positive and healthy development of male youth, ages 12-14 through fun and engaging activities.  We will focus on understanding what it means to be a man in today’s world; how to problem-solve and ask for help; build healthy relationships with peers and partners so that our likelihood of bullying, violence and self-harm is lowered; and work to be resilient young men in a world full of potential stressors.  Each week we will participate in check-ins to build competency and confidence, engage in fun learning activities and have time to play as a group to foster our new skills.

To learn more about our new Switch Gears program and its impact click here

For more information and to get signed up, please contact Alison 

Program funded by Ontario Trillium Foundation

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