Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa


Business Number: 106794431RR0001

Our Mission

To enable life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people

Our Vision

All young people reach their full potential

Why Give?

When you support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa, you invest in a young person’s potential and shape the future of the Ottawa community. Your donation gives local young people facing adversity, access to a supportive adult mentor who spends meaningful, consistent and dedicated one-on-one time with them. Your generous gift also gives mentor and mentee matches the opportunity to engage in activities together by accessing community and group events.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa enables life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people who are facing adversity AND who are in need of an additional, consistent and supportive person in their lives. Volunteer mentors are intentionally recruited based on the needs of Ottawa’s youth and are professionally screened. The mentor, mentee, and family receive training and are monitored and supported by a designated professional caseworker.

When a young mentee is matched with an adult mentor who expresses care, challenges their growth, provides support, shares power and expands their possibilities – incredible transformation takes place. These mentees build the life skills they need to be successful including social and self-awareness, responsible decision-making, self-management and relationship skills. We also see positive changes to their mental health, well-being, educational engagement, and employment readiness. Together, each of these new skills and positive outcomes helps them realize their full potential.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa is very proud to be celebrating 50 years of creating these special mentoring relationships in the Ottawa community. Over the last half-century, our programs have grown from the traditional 1:1 Bigs community program to include young people in schools, youth in care, newcomer youth to Canada, Indigenous youth and young adults aged 18-24.

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