To sign your child up to be matched with a mentor, here is what you can expect the process to be:

FOR OTTAWA:

Big Brothers or Big Sisters Program: BBBSO schedules intake periods at various times throughout the year but is always accepting applications for Littles in our programs.  If you would like to apply to have your child become a Little, access the application form here.  We appreciate you patience in waiting for us to then contact you when an intake period happens.

MPOWER Program: If your youth is between the age of 15-24, please contact Mentoring Coordinator Tina Ashiofu at 613-247-4776 x 327 or tinaa@bbbso.ca.

FOR RENFREW COUNTY:

All Programs: Please contact Mentoring Coordinator Erin Tennian at 1-844-414-2227 x 315 or erint@bbbso.ca.

Parents/legal guardians fill out the online prescreening questionnaire. Those who do not have access to the internet can contact the Enrollment Coordinator by phone.

The purpose of the initial pre-screening questionnaire or phone call is to discuss the motivations for having a Big Brother/Sister and assess suitability for the program. If the eligibility criteria is met, the parent/guardian and child will be invited to attend a Parent Information Session. Please note that there is a 4-8 month waiting period before attending the next Parent Information Session/Child Safety Session. This session will be held in a large group where parents/legal guardians will learn about Big Brothers Big Sisters and the commitment involved for all parties. Included is a mandatory Child Safety Training for all involved in BBBSO programs.

Parents/legal guardians and child attend the mandatory session. Applications forms are available after the completion of the session. Please note that we do not offer child care during these sessions therefore please ensure that other children are in care.

Parents/legal guardians and participating child complete a family interview. Please note that this step cannot take place until the completed application has been received by the agency.

The family interview is divided into two sections. The Enrollment Coordinator will meet with the parent(s)/guardian(s) individually and then with the child.

Once all previous steps are completed, the file is reviewed and a decision is made by the agency to accept/not accept the child into the community based program of interest.

Should the child not be accepted into a BBBSO program, the parent/legal guardian will be notified of the decision and will be provided with other appropriate community resources that could be of support to the family.

Children accepted into the Big Brother and Big Sister/Buddy up programs are placed on our waitlist. As many factors go into finding a Big Brother/Big Sister, we cannot estimate how long a child will wait to be matched.