POSITIVELY CHANGING CALGARY AND AREA
This past year, we empowered over 1,600 life-changing mentoring relationships for children and youth in and around Calgary who are facing adversity.
We take pride in delivering quality one-to-one programs with evidence-based outcomes, guided by rigorous national standards.
Every $1 invested in our programming returns between $18-$23 to society through taxes, higher incomes, volunteerism, and charitable donations.
THE CONFIDENCE TO ACHIEVE MORE
To impact the lives of young people and volunteers through the power of mentoring.
That every young person realizes their full potential.
We're an accredited member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada Federation, one of 108 agencies serving over 1,100 communities across the country.
Many children and youth in our communities are facing serious adversities and are in need of additional supportive relationships.
Facing prolonged adversity can negatively impact development and lead to a lifetime of chronic physical and mental health issues.
With the support of a caring mentor, young people develop the resilience to overcome adversity so they can reach their full potential.
Many children and youth struggle with societal barriers and face adversities, such as family violence, mental health problems, poverty, substance abuse, and identity challenges. In fact, more than half of the children and youth we serve have experienced more than four or more adversities in their lifetime.
These circumstances have nothing to do with the value of who they are or who they can become, but because of these situations, children and youth risk not having the opportunity to live up to their full potential.
Even worse is the possibility of continuing cycles of poverty and crime, or developing physical and mental health issues. This comes at a cost to the young person, and to our communities.
With the guidance and support of a caring mentor, the children and youth who come to us for support build their social emotional competence and executive functioning skills, allowing them to become resilient and achieve more. Through mentorship, young people are reminded that they can be anything they dream of being.
ONE-TO-ONE MENTORING IS WHAT WE DO
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides direct service to children and youth facing adversity by matching them with caring volunteers in quality one-to-one mentoring relationships. Our agency staff members are experts at recruiting and screening volunteers; making intentional, meaningful matches; and providing the support necessary for mentoring relationships to have a lasting impact.
OVER 66,000 VOLUNTEER HOURS EACH YEAR
Last year alone, our qualified staff created and empowered over 1,600 mentoring matches for children and youth in and around Calgary who are facing adversity. At the core of this impact are the more than 1,300 dedicated volunteers who gave over 66,000 hours to be a consistent, caring source of support to young people in our communities in need of additional supportive relationships.
SUPERIOR QUALITY PROGRAMMING
Our national organization provides services and programs to member agencies like us, to assist with our work with parents, mentees, and volunteers. Ranging from staff training workshops to our leading Child Safety Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada works diligently to ensure we have superior quality programming in all parts of the country.