Do you enjoy working with young people? Would you like to help a girl succeed, believe in herself and reach her full potential?
Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland is currently looking for volunteer mentors. For just one to two hours a week, you can help contribute to the development of today’s girls into tomorrow’s strong women!
Big Sisters offers three different mentoring programs to meet the varied needs of volunteers and Little Sisters:
Spend two hours a week with a Little Sister doing fun activities you both enjoy or simply hang out and chat! As a Big Sister, you will help a young girl learn to believe in herself with the gift of your time and friendship.
Spend just one hour a week helping your Little Sister Study Buddy meet her academic goals! With the support of a Study Buddy, Little Sisters are encouraged and equipped to improve their educational performance, which contributes to their overall self-esteem.
Go Girls! mentors (age 19 to 25) co-facilitate the eight week Go Girls! program, and help girls (ages 11 to 14) learn to embrace physical activity and healthy eating, and develop a positive self-image. This program is available in select Vancouver, Coquitlam and Burnaby schools.
Studies show that mentoring services like Big Sisters help kids stay in school, avoid risky behaviour, and experience the importance of helping others in their community, first hand! As Little Sister Anna said: “My Big Sister believes in me and likes me for who I am. I can tell she really listens when I talk. She has confidence in my abilities, which makes me feel confident. This makes me want to be a Big Sister when I grow older, and help a young girl just like she has helped me!”
Little Sisters aren’t the only ones benefitting from these programs – A 2009 Standard Life survey compared the attitudes of Big Sisters with those of average Canadians and found the ‘Bigs’ tended to be happier, more optimistic and more energetic! According to one Big Sister: “You might think that as the Big Sister you will give and teach, but I have received and learned more from my Little Sister than I ever could have imagined. It’s been a truly rewarding experience!”
What more reason could you need?
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