Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver matches at-risk children in the community with mentors that serve as role models and teach by example the importance of giving and giving back, of staying in school and having respect for family, peers and community.
The Big Brothers Program is a friendship based mentoring program that has been around for over 100 years. The program matches adult male volunteers with boys aged 7-14, who have limited to no contact with a positive male role model in their life. Big and Little Brothers spend 2-4 hours a week together doing a wide range of activities they both enjoy.
The In-School Mentoring Program is flexible mentoring program for both men and women which matches adult volunteers with a child in a nearby elementary school that could use a little one on one time. Big and Little Buddies spend one hour a week together during school time, on the school grounds doing fun activities such as playing sports and games, doing arts and crafts or just hanging out together.
The Game On! Program is a group program for elementary school aged boys that focuses on healthy, active living. The program runs once a week for 7 weeks after school or early evenings depending on the site. Two to three male volunteers facilitate the program each week being centered on a different theme. Boys learn about themselves and others in a fun and supportive environment.
Benefits to Children:
Studies have shown that children with mentors:
•Are less likely to bully or be bullied
•Have higher levels of self-esteem
•Have better decision making skills
•Have improved relationships
•Have more positive attitudes toward school
Benefits to Volunteers:
•Sense of personal reward and fulfillment by
contributing to a child’s self-esteem
•More positive attitudes
•Increased productivity at work or school
Languages spoken by Big Brothers’ staff are Armenian, Kapangpangan, Cantonese, Tagalog, Arabic, Farsi, Punjabi, Mandarin, Hindi, French
Please contact the Intake Coordinator, Rose Baraty at firstname.lastname@example.org; phone number 604-876-2447 ext. 236