POSITIVELY CHANGING CALGARY AND AREA
This year alone Big Brothers Big Sisters impacted over 1,600 children and youth in Calgary, Airdrie, Cochrane, Okotoks and surrounding communities.
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 and around Calgary struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives.
Facing prolonged adversity creates toxic stress in the brain that can negatively impact development.
With the support of a mentor, these risks can be reduced or even avoided, and young people can reach their full potential.
Many children and youth struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives like detrimental living conditions, family violence, risk factors for mental health, school issues and identity challenges.
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 mental health issues.
This comes at a cost to the young person, and to society.
With the guidance and support of a mentor, these risks can be reduced or even avoided, and youth are reminded they can be anything they dream of being.
OVER 66,000 VOLUNTEER HOURS EACH YEAR
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides direct service to children and youth facing adversity by matching them with caring volunteers in quality mentoring relationships. Our agency staff members are experts at screening volunteers and matching them with a mentee having similar interests. Last year 1,382 dedicated volunteers provide over 66,000 volunteer hours to more than 1,600 young people in our community.
The national organization provides services and programs to member agencies 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.