Mentor A Child and Become A Friend

Mentor A Child and Become A Friend

By: Melissa Kennedy
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC) is a program that offers mentoring to children aged 6-16. The organization has been providing friends and support to children who need them for over 96 years and are still going strong.

Mentoring a child can have a profound impact on a life and is a volunteer position that is very rewarding, yet not too time consuming.

Volunteering with Big Brothers or Big Sisters would be an ideal opportunity for students looking to pursue a career in teaching or education; not only would it be a great addition to a resume, but mentoring also provides personal joy and fulfilment.

Many positions are available and while “over 27,000 children are matched with adults in one-to-one programs, [BBBSC’s] challenge is to find matches for the 10,000 kids on [their] waiting lists.”

If you’re unsure whether becoming a mentor is the right fit for you or want to know more about what this involves, be sure to read the information on BBBSC’s Orientation to Mentoring Website. They provide answers for a wide range of questions, and describe in detail different aspects of mentoring. Check it out!

The ideal volunteer would be:

-       A great listener

-       Truly caring about people

-       Believes in other people’s capabilities

-       Patient and kind

-       Sensitive to the needs and circumstances of others

-       Humorous and outgoing

-       Committed to relationships

-       Open to different points of view
If you think you fit that description, this might be the perfect position for you.

In order to apply, you must contact BBBSC at 1-800-263-9133 or contact your local agency. Additional volunteer information can also be found here.

For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada please check out Facebook and Twitter.

“Mentoring is about being a friend to a child or youth. You’d be amazed at what a little friendship, attention and gentle guidance can bring to the life of a child!”

By Melissa Kennedy

Posted on March 02, 2011