What we do
WE CHANGE LIVES
THE COST OF DOING NOTHING
Many young people find themselves in vulnerable situations, facing adversities such as mental health issues, family violence, identity issues or poor living conditions. These circumstances put youth at risk of not reaching their full potential.
PAVING THE WAY TO SUCCESS
With the guidance and support of a mentor, these risks can be avoided, and young people can gain the confidence to achieve more – higher incomes, happier lives, more contributions to their communities.
THE CONFIDENCE TO ACHIEVE MORE
Our mentors advise and challenge these young people, act as their champions, provide greater consistency in their lives, connect them to broader experiences, opportunities and networks, and provide safe, nonjudgmental environments where the child is free to confide.
WHICH LEADS TO BETTER FUTURES
IMPROVED EARNING POWER
A SENSE OF BELONGING
HOW DO WE DO IT?
Big Brothers Big Sisters facilitates positive mentoring relationships between adults and youth.
Mentoring is a reciprocal, learning and development partnership where the young person’s needs are the focus.
Mentoring is an important way for youth to experience healthy relationships, helping them become better able to deal with and overcome life’s adversities.
THE STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL MENTORING
We have comprehensive standards and infrastructure for delivering our programs: detailed screening of mentors to ensure child safety; a broad network of professional staff supporting mentors and volunteers; systems for selecting, approving and supporting volunteers; referrals to agencies that provide other services if required for the children and their families.