We create and nurture one-to-one mentoring relationships for children and youth in Okotoks who are facing adversity. Each mentoring relationship (“match”) is monitored and supported to ensure positive and meaningful relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of the children and youth (“Littles”), their families, the mentors (“Bigs”), and generations to follow.


In our Community-Based program, matches plan their own outings based on activities they like to do together, like reading, playing games, visiting local parks, or talking over ice cream. In addition to the traditional one-to-one Community matches, this program offers unique opportunities for mentors to impact the life of a young person, such as helping a high school youth discover their passions and set goals for the future, or being a consistent source of support for a child who is living in care. Within our Community-Based program, volunteers can even mentor with a spouse or partner.

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In our School-Based program, mentors spend time with their mentees in a school setting throughout the school year. Bigs and Littles work on homework together, play games, or simply share stories with one another. In addition to the traditional one-to-one in-school matches, our School-Based program offers opportunities for teens to mentor elementary-aged kids, and for adults 50 and over to mentor in a specialized program setting.

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BBBS Calgary and Area Intake Team