Address: 4311 Queen Street
Phone #: 905-650-6769
"We commit to Canada's young people that we will be leaders in providing them with the highest quality, volunteer based mentoring programs"
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC) is the leading child and youth serving organization providing mentoring programs across the country. Providing support to more than 1000 Canadian communities, our over 128 local agencies offer the service that the organization was founded on: One-to-One Matching. Men and women (age 18 or older) give of their time to become a mentor to a young person who can greatly benefit from having an adult role model to look up to.
Times change. Volunteers change. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada has also changed. In response to the different needs and demands of children, youth, and volunteers alike, we have created new programs to fit our changing society. Couples for Kids, Cross Gender Matching, In-School Mentoring, Big Bunch, and Kids 'n' Kops group programs (for those kids on the waiting lists), and the new Life Skills Program all provide a variety of opportunities for volunteering and support to children and youth.
For over 98 years, the Big Brothers Big Sisters program has made a difference in the lives of young people by providing a friend where one is needed.
The impact made by our volunteers is truly overwhelming. Children who have been in our program see real, positive change. Our 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 background no longer rely on this form of income and a disproportionately high number of former Littles graduate from college or university compared to others in their age group (Project Impact, Social Planning Council of Hamilton and District, Hamilton, 1994).
Currently, over 27,000 children are matched with adults in one-to-one programs. Our challenge is to find matches for the 10,000 kids on our waiting lists.
If you are thinking about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, please use the Find an Agency feature on the menu to contact your local agency or call Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada at 1-800-263-9133.