In May, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Toronto (BBBST) celebrates In-School Mentoring Month and the magic that mentors bring each school year to so many children. Research shows, children involved in BBBST In-School Mentoring programs are less likely to skip a day of school, develop higher levels of self-confidence, develop more positive attitudes towards school, achieve higher grades and are more likely to trust their teachers.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Toronto has a variety of School-based programs where children in grades 1-8 (Littles) meet with their mentors (Bigs) regularly on school grounds:
·Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds
The most recognized program In-School Mentoring, requires a Big to meet with a Little one hour a week during school hours from September – June. Fun activities like reading, crafts, sports, games and using the computer help develop the Big and Little friendship while fostering a child’s confidence, interest in learning and the importance of education.
Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds is led by mentor volunteers (women ages 18-25), runs in schools for seven, two-hour sessions. Each session provides an opportunity for the girls (ages 12-14) to participate in fun, educational games and activities. Maintaining sensitivity towards emotional, social and cultural issues, Go Girls! addresses topics such as physical activity participation, healthy eating choices, self-image, and relationships.
High School students can also make a difference in their community while obtaining Co-op credits. The Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Toronto’s Co-op Program is open to Senior Secondary Students. Volunteers must be 16 years and over, enrolled in a full year cooperative education program and are matched with elementary school children. The time commitment for a co-op student is one hour per week, per student from September to June.
Right now Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Toronto is in need of volunteers for their School-based programs. As a Big Brother or Big Sister, you talk, listen, support, guide, encourage – believe in your Little Brother or Little Sister and help them believe in themselves.
There are many children in Toronto who could benefit from having an in-school mentor. There’s never been a better reason to go back to school! Learn how sharing a little time with a child can make a BIG difference! Call us at (416) 925-8981or visit http://www.bbbst.com/.