All children deserve to fulfill their potential.
Unfortunately, many children don’t have the support and encouragement to get there. Enter Big Brothers Big Sisters! We connect youth with carefully selected mentors and support the resulting friendships to ensure optimum outcomes, like resilience, improved school achievement, confidence and the strength to make positive life choices.
Many of the youth in our programs are marginalized and live in circumstances (such as financial insecurity, violence in their homes or neighbourhoods, or family illness) leaving them at risk for toxic stress. This can have an adverse effect on the developing brain, emotional regulation, and day-to-day things like school behaviour, peer relationships and overall mental health.
But here’s the AMAZING thing: Mentoring is an intervention that re-maps brain architecture and builds resilience in at-risk youth.
Something as simple as a consistent, positive relationship with someone who believes in you promotes healthy development, creating a foundation for school achievement, economic productivity, and responsible citizenship. An investment in our mentoring programs benefits all of us, socially and economically.