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

Community Referrals: If you are a community/youth agency or school and would like to learn more about the programs or have a referral, please connect with the Enrolment Coordinator, Allison Levac, at (613) 247-4776 ext. 323 or allisonl@bbbso.ca

FOR OTTAWA:

Big Brothers or Big Sisters Program (Ages 6-14): 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 inquiry form here.  We appreciate your patience in waiting for us to then contact you.

MPOWER Program: If your youth is between the ages of 15-24, please contact Enrolment Coordinator, Allison Levac, at (613) 247-4776 x 323 or allisonl@bbbso.ca

FOR RENFREW COUNTY:

All Programs: Please contact Mentoring Coordinator Amanda Wilson at  613.794.4776 or  amandaw@bbbso.ca

Complete the online inquiry form here . Those who do not have access to the internet can contact the Enrollment Coordinator by phone, (613) 247-4776 ext. 323

The purpose of the inquiry form 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 will be invited to attend a Parent Information Session. Please monitor spam/junk mail in addition to inbox for an invite to register for this session from Enrol (enrol.ottawa@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca), after you have completed the inquiry. Please allow 2-3 business days for invite to be sent.

In this session, parents/legal guardians will learn about Big Brothers Big Sisters and the commitment involved for all parties. Currently, this session is being held virtually, via Microsoft Teams.

Applications forms are available after the completion of the Parent Information Session. (For in-person sessions, please note that we do not offer child care during these sessions).

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 Enrolment Coordinator will meet with the parent(s)/guardian(s) individually and then with the child.

We will also schedule a time to complete the mandatory Child Safety training with you.

Once all 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 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.