Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Toronto celebrates Winter Fun with Capital One

Toronto - This winter when most are indoors avoiding the frigid temperatures or cringing about all the snow they have to shovel, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Toronto (BBBST) is preparing for Winter Fun! On Saturday, February 23rd, thanks to the generosity of Capital One, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Toronto will celebrate their Winter Carnival at Mel Lastman Square. This year’s event for Bigs and Littles will be an exciting afternoon of outdoor skating, games, food and entertainment! A caricature artist, magic show, karate demo and clowns are just some of the day’s highlights. While Bigs and Littles regularly share special moments together like reading a book, playing games or going for a hike, unique experiences like the Winter Carnival strengthen friendships.

In the BBBST mentoring programs a mentor volunteer spends time with a child who would benefit from having a friend. Big Brothers and Big Sisters can also can spend time with their Little at a school (School Based Program and Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds) or during arranged outings (Group Program and Big Bunch). The Littles waiting for a friend come from all backgrounds; each one has a different story to tell and has different needs. Research has shown that our success in matching children and youth with a Big Brother or Big Sister has made a positive and lasting difference in their lives. The power and impact of these relationships affect so many aspects of a child’s life:

- 64% of Little Brothers and Sisters have more self confidence
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56% achieve higher grades
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46% have an increased likelihood to avoid alcohol and other drugs

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Toronto serves approximately 1,200 children and currently there are more boys than girls on the waiting list. We are in need of men 18 years and over who live in the Toronto area that can be a friend and share some time with a much-in-need child. We are also looking for girls aged 6-16 years who could benefit from having a Big Sister in the downtown core.

For more information on how you can become a Big Brother, Big Sister, Little Brother or Little Sister visit http://www.bbbst.com/.

About Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Toronto: Big Brothers and Big Sisters is widely regarded as Canada’s best known and most successful mentoring organization. Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Toronto (BBBST) is committed to improving the lives of Toronto’s children & youth by delivering the highest quality volunteer based mentoring programs. BBBST believes the healthy development of every child is enhanced by positive, nurturing, mentoring relationships. Established in 1913, BBBST helps children between the ages of six and 18 years of age become caring adults by matching children with a mentor who provides friendship and positive support. Our focus is to be preventative by reaching children at a pivotal point in their lives when the impact of a mentor can change the course of their future. Our vision at BBBST is every child who needs a mentor has a mentor. For more information visit http://www.bbbst.com/.