Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dufferin & District
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dufferin is dedicated to providing positive adult mentors to children primarily from single-parent families. Studies show that children who have a positive mentor in their lives consistently do better than those without. Littles go on to graduate from high school at a rate of 20% higher than the national average. 78% of Littles who came from a social assistance back ground no longer rely on this form of income. A disproportionately higher number of former Littles graduate from college or university compared to others in their age group. Volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters is a wonderful way to make a difference in the life of a child, while at the same time truly enriching your own life. Please call our office for more information.
We offer a variety of programs that match a caring adult mentor with a child:
- One-to-One Mentoring Program. We match Big Brothers with Little Brothers and Big Sisters with Little Sisters. The volunteers meet with the children once a week for approximately 2 to 4 hours. Studies show that these children do better at school, are less anxious and angry, are more likely to graduate from high school and are less likely to grow up to live on social assistance.
- In-School Mentoring Program. Children are identified by local schools who could benefit from a mentor. These children are often the victims of bullying or may have poor social skills. We recruit volunteers who spend one hour a week at the child’s school with the child for one-to-one time.
- Joining Paths: Seniors and Kids Join Together. Joining Paths is a group program that matches children on the waiting list for a Big Brother or Big Sister with local seniors. Both the seniors and the children benefit from the monthly activities.
- Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds. Go Girls! is an after-school mentoring program for girls, ages 12-14. In the program girls learn about active living, balanced eating and feeling good. According to a wide array of research, physical activity levels of young women significantly decline in adolescence. This age group often struggles with issues regarding healthy eating, body image and relationships. This program aims to turn this around for girls through interaction with positive role models and specific programming.
- Kids N’ Kops Program is a week long day camp held in conjunction with the local police. Children spend time at the local police station learning about bullying and safety. In the afternoon we take the children on various fun activities such as swimming or mini-golf.