Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters(BGCBigs) is a community-supported organization committed to the healthy development of children, youth, and their families by providing safe places, positive relationships, services, and opportunities to develop personal strengths and interpersonal skills that enhance their long-term success in life. BCGBigs Mentoring and After-School programs seek to support vulnerable children and youth challenged by the impacts of poverty. The organization also works in partnership with other community organizations to develop and deliver programs geared to specific populations, such as the immigrant and refugee community, the Indigenous community, and other vulnerable groups (e.g. LGBTQ youth).
Mentoring has been shown to be an important component of wraparound community services to support a child’s success in school. Mentoring is defined the relationship between a caring more experienced or wiser volunteer (e.g. adult or older teen) and a child or younger youth. Through participation in educational, recreation and social activities with a volunteer mentor, a mentoring relationship provides a child with support, friendship, guidance, and a constructive role model.
After School Programs
BGCBigs Club programs offer site-based after-school program options in neighborhood club sites and schools. These programs offer safety, positive youth development activities and academic enrichment to support positive self-image and self-confidence, improved academic performance, and engagement in learning.
BGCBigs Youth Employment Program
BGCBigs Youth Employment program focuses on serving youth from diverse backgrounds and we worked to remove barriers that existed for many of them on a path to job readiness and employment. Our goal is to provide clarity and information on how to obtain a first job and build some foundational skills in their early teen years. We engage in activities involving 1:1 career mentoring matches, job-readiness group programs with school and volunteer support, and a collection of events and activities with businesses, employers and community partners.