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.
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.
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.
Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds!
Go Girls! is a group mentoring program for girls ages 12-14 that focuses on physical activity, balanced eating and self-esteem. 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 loosely structured around four themes: physical activity, healthy eating, self-esteem, and communication skills.
Game On! Eat Smart, Play Smart!
Game On! is a group mentoring program for providing boys and young men with information and support to make informed choices about a range of healthy lifestyle practices. Through non-traditional physical activities, complemented with healthy eating support, participants are engaged in life skills, communication, and emotional health discussions designed to engage participants in the pursuit of life-long healthy lifestyles.
Game On! includes seven 75-minute core sessions. There are also four extension modules that capture potential issues and topics specific to various locales and the interests of the mentors and participants.
A new country can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be a big, scary place. As a Connections Project volunteer, you will be a role model, mentor and a friend to newcomer youth, helping with their adjustment to Canada.
Children enrolled in Connections Project are newcomer youth who need a friend and mentor, like you, to help them build the confidence they need to achieve their full potential.
With a goal of social integration, Connections Project members meet weekly in a group setting, on school property. Mentoring sessions include fun, educational activities, games and a potential for homework help or open discussion. Mentees will practice English language skills, make new friends, learn more about Canada and most importantly — have fun.
Physical Literacy/PLAY/Satellite SOAR
Physical Literacy Programs, including PLAY (Physical Literacy for All Youth) and Satellite SOAR (Social Opportunities Activities and Relationships), provide 7-to-14-year-old boys and girls with mentoring and fun, using a physical literacy approach.
Program areas of focus include:
- Learning fundamental movement skills;
- Exploration and opportunity to play with different objects and sports equipment;
- Basic instruction and opportunities for active play; and,
- Opportunity to practice skill development.
Physical Literacy Programs are hosted for one hour each week, on school property, after school. Programs run in 10-14 week sessions. Its members do not meet over the summer break or during other school holidays.
*NOTE: Physical Literacy Programs are inclusive of persons with any and all level of athletic abilities.
SOAR stands for Social Opportunities Activities and Relationships. This group-based program was created specifically for children who are waiting to be matched with a mentor.
SOAR members participate in social, educational and recreational activities in a positive, group mentoring atmosphere. Group activities take place once a week and include: recreation and sports, games and crafts, special events, personal development, nature and the environment, volunteer and community work and employment preparation. As a SOAR volunteer, you will accompany children on a ratio of 2:1 to a pre-determined group activity for two hours once a week.
Some of SOAR’s recent activities have included:
- Arts and Crafts
- Board Game Nights
- Cooking Classes
- Indoor and Outdoor Sports