You see, families that have needed our help need it now more than ever. With you onboard, we have the power to change the courses of young people’s lives across our community, during the pandemic and beyond. Together, we can ignite the hope that we all need right now.
Dedicating your time to the life of a youth makes an impact that goes far beyond the Zoom calls, video game battles or tutoring sessions. Explore how you can get involved and watch our community change, one life at a time.
Community Big Brothers Big Sisters Program
The Community Big Brothers Big Sisters program is one mentor (Big) and one mentee (little) spending time together building a friendship based on trust, support, common interests, and fun! The match (volunteer and child) spends that one on one time out in the community with each other for about 1-2 hours weekly or biweekly (depending on availability and scheduling between the volunteer and family). The focus is on friendship and connecting youth to broader experiences, opportunities and networks. The match can participate in a wide range of activities such as going to parks, attending festivals and community events, bowling, baking, arts and crafts etc. We do encourage matches to focus on low or no cost activities in order to make the relationship affordable over the long period of time for both the volunteer and family. Volunteer Bigs (Mentors) are asked to be able to give a minimum of one hour a week or every other week for the duration of a year. Volunteers in this program are meeting youth out in the community evenings or week-ends.
In School Mentoring Program
The In School Mentoring Program is a way to get involved with a child. It allows volunteers (mentors) to share time with a child in their school during the school day. Mentors meet with their littles (students) following the 20-20-20 rule: 20 minutes of getting to know each other and catching up, 20 minutes of school work or reading, and 20 minutes of free time. In addition to friendship, the focus is on literacy, social support and classroom support. Volunteers in this program are meeting youth in their schools during the school day (lunch hours even!). Matches in this program do not meet over the summer. Great opportunity for businesses to support their employees to get involved in a local volunteer program, and only have to give up an hour of their time each week!
The teen mentoring program is run in partnership with the high school (currently at J A Williams Secondary School and Ecole Plamondon). Teen mentors are provided with training and support, and then matched to an elementary youth. This program does run through the school day; teens must have parent permission to participate. Any youth interested in learning more about how they might become involved as a teen mentor can inquire through their school or reach out to Lori at email@example.com or 780.623.0380.
Go Girls! and Game On! Group Mentoring Programs
These group programs are new to Lac La Biche and area schools in fall 2021. They are run in partnership with schools and based on school referrals. These group mentoring programs are geared to youth in grades 5-8, and focus on physical activity, nutrition, self-esteem, communication and healthy lifestyles. Anyone interested in volunteering with these programs would be provided training and support. Volunteers must be able to commit to weekly group meetings for a 10 week duration (fall, winter and spring). Anyone interested in learning more about this new volunteering opportunity can reach out directly to Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 780.623.0380.
What To Expect
- Build a special friendship with a young person and have fun together.
- Talk, listen, support, guide, encourage – believe in them and help them believe in themselves.
- Keep others informed about what you’re doing.
- Keep in touch with your staff contact person and ask questions as they arise. We also really like hearing about your experiences!
- Provide a safe, responsible environment for the child in your care.
- Be a mentor, a role model to a child
- Ensure the safety of our children and youth and our volunteers.
- Work with you to match you with a young person or program where your interests and availability are considered.
- Assign a direct contact person to provide support and establish expectations and follow up requirements.
- Provide orientation and training so you know what to expect.
- Help you be successful!
Children & Youth With A Mentor Are…
More Likely to Graduate
Less Likely to Rely on Social Services
More Likely to Have Improved Relationships
Children & Youth have increased confidence, self-esteem & sense of hope • Children get better academic grades • Children have improved school attendance • Children experience more positive interactions with peers, parents, & teachers • Children have better social and communication skills • Children are more likely to finish high school • Children are less likely to get involved with criminal activities