Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton and Hamilton provides quality mentoring relationships to children in need.
Many children and youth in our community struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives, such as 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 a child 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.
IMPACT & SOLUTION
Research indicates that facing prolonged adversity creates toxic stress in the brain that can negatively impact a child's development.
With the support of a mentor, these risks can be reduced or even avoided, and youth can reach their full potential.
Statistically, children who are mentored have increased confidence and self-esteem, improved social behavior and reduced aggression; they are more likely to graduate high-school attend post-secondary school; youth who are mentored are more likely to give back to their community.
This year alone Big Brothers Big Sisters impacted over 40,000 youth in over 1,100 communities across Canada. Through the support of our generous donors, partners and volunteers, in Halton and Hamilton communities alone, over 2,700 children and youth will be served by this year’s end.