What if you could give a child the gift they want and need most this holiday season?
" I want a Big Brother so I have someone to play with and so I don't have to be alone" - Tristan, age 9
Most children have a wish list of electronics or toys for the holidays, but there are others like Tristan whose greatest wish is for someone to spend time with.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa (BBBSO) provides just that - a Big Brother or Big Sister. These caring mentors provide valuable support and friendship to children and youth who need it most.
Matching a child in a BBBSO program ignites the mentoring effect. Youth who participate in Big Brother Big Sister mentoring programs have improved academic achievement, avoid risky behaviours and lead healthier, happier lives. In fact, of Littles who have completed a Big Brother Big Sister program, 63% complete post-secondary education, 80% pursue healthy lifestyles and 87% have strong social networks.
You can provide these outcomes to a child by giving them the valuable gift of mentorship.
Right now, there are 20 children who need a mentor to give them the attention they deserve, to help them make good life decisions and to be there for them when they need it most. To match each child with a Big Brother or Sister, it costs $1500. This also provides the match with support by a trained staff member with a background in social work, and gives them opportunities to attend group events and activities for one full year. This means, with your support, if $30,000 is raised in the next six weeks, 20 children will receive the most important holiday gift of all – friendship and support.
"The best part of being a Little Brother was having someone to hang out with once a week. Growing up, I didn't have very many friends. I spent a lot of time in my room alone, so having Mitch was a really great experience. It's good to have a friend for life".- Former Little Brother Jax, 18