Go back to School And Help a Child Move Forward
Studies show mentoring helps youth stay in school, avoid risky behaviour like bullying, and grow up having more respect for family, peers, and the community.
Helping children also helps the community. Mentoring helps children and youth reach their full potential, which translate to community benefits such as:
- A reduction in poverty
- A reduction in unemployment
- Safer schools and neighbourhoods
- A new generation of civic-minded adults
About the In-School Mentoring Program
In-school mentoring provides young girls and boys with a role model and a friend to talk to. Many of these young people share their experiences about growing up and the challenges they encounter in school grounds.
For one hour a week, a mentor will meet with a mentee and engage in games and activities, like crafts, or just hanging out in the playground. Meetings are during the school year only, and a mentor and mentee do not meet over the summer or during other school holidays.
Mentoring by the Numbers
In-school mentoring makes a big difference in many ways. According to a 2005 study*, just a few improvements seen include:
of Mentors saw a positive change in the child they were mentoring
of mentored students demonstrate improved literacy skills
of mentored students develop higher self-esteem
*2005 study, Employer-Supported Volunteerism. Commissioned by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and conducted by Northstar Research Partners.
Get your Company Involved
Our corporate volunteer programs encourage employees to participate at our in-school mentoring programs by promoting the programs in their offices, and develop flexible work schedules to accommodate volunteering.
There are many corporate benefits to getting involved with BBBSO, including:
- Improved corporate public image
- Higher employee retention
- Enhanced customer relations and loyalty
- Increased brand recognition
- Improved employee job performance
- Reduced absenteeism
If you’re interested in becoming a corporate sponsor, contact us, or arrange a BBBSO speaker for your next corporate event!