In School Mentor

THE DETAILS

  • Where: Edmonton
  • # of Volunteers Needed: infinite
  • Start Date: Monday, 06 April 2015
  • End Date: Tuesday, 13 October 2015
  • Brief Description: Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area is the one and only amalgamated agency in all of North America. In late 2011, it became evident to us that we served the same youth and families within the same communities - it just made good sense to pool our resources and combine our efforts to better serve our clients. Our Mission Statement is to facilitate the healthy development of children, youth and their families by providing safe places, positive relationships, services and opportunities to develop personal strengths and interpersonal skills that enhance their long term success.
  • Contact Name: Sydney Tordoff
  • Contact Phone: 780-822-2524
  • Contact Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Description & Link to Mission:


In as little as one hour a week, you could change the life of a child forever.
BGCBigs’ In-School Mentoring (ISM) is a program where adult mentors go into schools to spend an hour with a child once a week. One of the unique aspects of ISM is that the time is guided by the 20-20-20 rule. Mentors and students spend 20 minutes getting to know each other or catching up, 20 minutes going over homework or reading, and the last 20 minutes participating in recreational activities. Bigs in Schools allows volunteer mentors to share time with a child during their lunch break or when working outside of a regular 9-3 school day. 

Children with mentors experience incredible life benefits such as: 

•Becoming 80% more likely to finish high school 
•Becoming 2-4x less likely to bully, lie, cheat, steal or become involved in drugs and/or alcohol 
•78% of our kids coming from a family history of social assistance (parents depending on welfare, food banks, etc., to make ends meet) do not experience the same challenges in their adulthood 
•Their life time income is $300,000 dollars more, on average, than youth who did not have mentors

Qualifications:


There are no specific skills or experience required, however all volunteers are screened to gauge their appropriateness for our programs.

Benefits & Recognition:


People who mentor: 


• Gain personal growth and development
 
• Have a positive new perspective on life
 
• Make a positive difference in the life of a child and the community
 
• See meaningful improvements in their own mental and physical health
 
• Report increased levels of happiness and energy
 

Deliverables / Duties:


Once each week a volunteer will visit one of our partner schools (closest to them) during a lunch hour and follow the 20-20-20 rule outlined above. Volunteers will agree to maintain their commitment throughout the period of the school year (Sept or starting date – June).

 

Other Requirements:


• Police check • Child welfare che
ck

• 1.5 – 2 hour screening interview

• 1.5 -2 hours volunteer training seminar

• Alberta Mentoring Partnership Certificate

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Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters

Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area is the one and only amalgamated agency in all of North America. In late 2011, it became evident to us that we served the same youth and families within the same communities - it just made good sense to pool our resources and combine our efforts to better serve our clients.

Our Mission Statement is to facilitate the healthy development of children, youth, and their families by providing safe places, positive relationships, services and opportunities to develop personal strengths and interpersonal skills that enhance their long term success.

Website: bgcbigs.ca

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