Environ-Mentoring is a mentoring program, unique to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph, which provides environmental education for at-risk youth.
The program is a group initiative where our “Bigs” (volunteers) and "Littles" attend a series of organized outings to learn about nature, wildlife, and their surroundings. BBBSG has partnered with the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) to deliver this program in conjunction with our Big Bunch Group Mentoring Program. The goal is to develop an understanding of environmental and conservation issues to youth participating in the program. Children will have the opportunity to attend a variety of community group programs intended to offer hands-on, curriculum-based outdoor education classes.
Our volunteers are fully screened and trained during our recruiting process, which is carried out by our Big Bunch Coordinator, Faythe van Esch. The Environ-Mentoring program gives youth the opportunity to engage in environmental education programs already in place at the GRCA to children who would otherwise not have access to them.
The design of our new logo was done by an award-winning graphic design co-op student at Bishop Macdonell High School in Guelph.
The Environ-Mentoring Program will be offered twice (called “Seasons”) each year. Each season is set to start at the beginning of January and September. The Fall Season will consist of four monthly sessions, and can accommodate a group of up to 30 volunteers and youth. The material covered in the sessions is tailored to the conservation education available in that Season.