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Thank you very much for your interest in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area, and positively impacting the lives of children and youth through the power of mentoring. In an effort to improve program efficiency and meet the demand for programming, we have adjusted our enrolment process for families.
Please note that this new procedure does not apply to our Youth in Care programs in Calgary or any programs in Airdrie, Cochrane, High River or Okotoks. To apply for these programs, please click below and fill out the online application:
- Big Brothers (Airdrie, Cochrane, Okotoks, High River)
- Big Sisters (Airdrie, Cochrane, Okotoks, High River)
- Youth in Care (Calgary)
- YES (Youth Engaging Supports) (Calgary)
For all other programs, the first step in the application process will be to attend one of our information sessions. These sessions will be available throughout the year and will be a chance to learn more about our programs, answer questions and help determine if mentoring is the right fit for you.
Our next Family Information Session will held in December, 2017. Please check back on our website between November 1st and 30th for more details and to register for the information session.
Who Can Apply
Mentoring programs are available for young people, 6 to 24 years of age, from diverse backgrounds. Mentees are referred to us by schools, parents or guardians. Older youth and teens can also self-refer themselves to programs such as mPower Youth Mentoring.
BBBS Calgary and Area welcomes and advocates for the presence and contributions of all people regardless of their race, religious beliefs, colour, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, physical and mental disability, age, ancestry or place of origin.
Prejudice, oppression, and discrimination are detrimental to the values and purpose of our community. BBBS Calgary and Area is made up of diverse people, and this diversity enriches the experiences of all staff, volunteers, mentors and mentees. We encourage mentee applications from young people of all ethnic backgrounds, religions and abilities, as well as from LGTBQ-identified children and youth. You are welcome at BBBS Calgary and Area.
Types of Programs
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and area offers one-to-one and group mentoring programs with opportunities in school as well as in the community.
Learn about all our mentoring programs.
The presence of a caring adult in a young person’s life impacts individuals, society, workplaces, families and communities. Our one-to-one and group mentoring relationships teach, challenge and support young people, allowing them to realize they have the ability to succeed and make life-changing decisions. Children and youth who have had mentors are engaged with their communities, making healthy life choices and having success at work.
Did You Know?
- 66% of former mentees report volunteering for community service.
- 80% of former mentees report pursuing a healthy lifestyle.
- Over their working lives former mentees will earn on average $315,000 more than children or youth without a mentor.
Learn more about the impact of mentoring.