What We Do Today Makes a Difference Tomorrow

Mentoring a child as a Big Sisters Mentor gives you the opportunity to provide a girl and young woman with a role model and friend; somebody to talk to and share experiences about growing up.

As a Big Sister, you’ll be part of a program that strives to:

  • Provide a role model and a friend for young girls and young women;
  • Promote the importance of staying in school and healthy relationships with family and peers;
  • Instill trust and self-confidence to make healthy decisions;
  • Encourage leadership skills and independent thinking; and
  • Above all, make a difference while having fun.

Big Sisters
Many of our Big Sisters describe this experience as life-changing for them as it is for their Littles.

How Does It Work?

The Big Sisters Mentoring program generally requires one regularly scheduled outing a week, with each outing lasting 2 to 4 hours. For any of our mentoring programs, we require a minimum one year commitment.

With regular outings, you build a relationship with your Little. This relationship is founded on trust and common interests, and is supported by BBBSO’s experienced caseworkers.

Please Note: Our volunteer pool for Big Sisters is currently full. Visit this page for updated information.

Start Something™

If you would like to learn more about becoming a mentor or donating to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa, we welcome any questions you may have.

Still not Sure Mentoring is Right for You?

Take our Online Orientation to learn more about the program and see if it is right for you.

Made possible with support from:

United Way
Ottawa
Malhotra Foundation