Positively changing our community.

SERVING YOUTH & THEIR FAMILIES

In the past 50 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has impacted the lives of over 7400 young people in Greater Halifax.

REPUTABLE AND ACCOUNTABLE

We take pride in delivering quality programs with evidence-based outcomes, guided by rigorous national standards and a regular accreditation program.

IMPROVING SOCIETY

Every $1 invested in our programs returns $18-$23 to society because mentored youth are more likely to achieve their potential, earn more, pay more taxes and give back as volunteers and donors.

VISION

Every Child in Greater Halifax Who Wants a Mentor, Has a Mentor.

MISSION

As leaders in providing quality mentoring programs for young people we contribute to building healthy communities.

STRUCTURE

We’re proud to be an accredited member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada Federation, one of 108 agencies serving over 1,100 communities across the country.

ISSUE

Many children and youth in Greater Halifax struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives.

IMPACT

Facing prolonged adversity creates toxic stress in the brain that can negatively impact development.

SOLUTION

With the support of a mentor, these risks can be reduced or even avoided, and youth can reach their full potential.

Our Solution

Many children and youth in Canada struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives like detrimental living conditions, family violence, risk factors for mental health, school issues and identity challenges.

These circumstances have nothing to do with the value of who they are or who they can become, but because of these situations, children and youth risk not having the opportunity to live up to their full potential.

Even worse is the possibility of continuing cycles of poverty and crime or developing mental health issues.

This comes at a cost to the young person, and to society.

With the guidance and support of a mentor, these risks can be reduced or even avoided, and youth are reminded they can be anything they dream of being.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is a Federation comprised of 108 member agencies servicing more than 1,100 communities across the country. Together we mobilize over 21,300 volunteers who in turn mentor 41,700+ children and young people. That works out to nearly:

2.2 million volunteer hours each year

Each Big Brother Big Sister agency provides direct service to children by matching volunteers and youths in quality mentoring relationships. Our agency staff members are experts at screening volunteers and matching them with a mentee having similar interests.

The national organization provides services and programs to our member agencies to assist them with their work with parents, mentees, and volunteers. Ranging from staff training workshops to our leading Child Safety Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada works diligently to ensure we have superior quality programming in all parts of the country.