One to One Mentoring
Big Brothers Mentoring
The Big Brothers mentoring program provides boys and young men with a role model to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee, which is built on trust and common interests, and is supported by our experienced case-workers. The result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee.
The Big Brothers mentoring program usually requires two regularly scheduled outings a month of a few hours each and a minimum of a one year commitment.
Big Sisters mentoring
The Big Sisters mentoring program provides girls and young women with a role model to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee, which is built on trust and common interests, and is supported by our experienced case-workers. The result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee.
The Big Sisters mentoring program usually requires two regularly scheduled outings a month of several hours each and a minimum of a one year commitment.
The In-School mentoring program provides youth with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up within school grounds. For one hour a week, mentors meet with their mentee and engage in activities such as board games, crafts or just hang out on school grounds.
The In-School mentoring program requires a weekly visit of one hour for the duration of the school year. Matches do not meet over the summer break or during other school holidays.
Covid 19 Program updates:
We recognize the unique and long-term impact that social isolation and uncertainty can have on the mental health and well-being of young people.
In an effort to counteract these effects, BBBSLC has been working hard to adapt existing services and develop new programs to ensure children and youth in our community still have access to the Mentors they need to get through this difficult time.
CLICK TO ENROLL IN OUR NEW VIRTUAL GO GIRLS! GROUP PROGRAM AND/OR OUR NEW VIRTUAL AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM.
CLICK HERE TO ENROLL IN OUR NEW Virtual Resiliency Program
CLICK HERE TO ENROLL IN OUR Virtual In-School Mentoring
Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds!
Go Girls! is a group mentoring program for girls ages 12-14 that focuses on physical activity, balanced eating and self-esteem. The single, most important goal of the program is to positively shape the lives of young women and girls by helping them build a positive self-image – setting them on a path to reach their full potential in life.
The Go Girls! program consists of seven mentoring sessions, held over a 7-10 week period, within school facilities. Each 1.5-2 hour-long session is loosely structured around four themes: physical activity, healthy eating, self-esteem, and communication skills.
Resiliency Program is a program designed to address resilience, self- reflection, mindfulness, conflict resolution and empathy in young people in grades 4-8 based on a group mentoring model. This program has been designed to foster attitudes of positive motivation, self-awareness, and self-confidence as well as a sense of belonging and worth. Students will develop critical thinking skills, creative thinking skills and learn how to problem solve situations that are in their control and what to do when a situation is out of their control. Together, we will set goals, resolve conflicts and make smart decisions. We will develop self-awareness as well as awareness of others and build better communication and self-regulation. The program runs for five sessions, with each session being 30-45 minutes long.
Game On! Eat Smart, Play Smart!
Game On! is a group mentoring program for providing boys and young men with information and support to make informed choices about a range of healthy lifestyle practices. Through non-traditional physical activities, complemented with healthy eating support, participants are engaged in life skills, communication, and emotional health discussions designed to engage participants in the pursuit of life-long healthy lifestyles.
Game On! includes seven 75-minute core sessions. There are also four extension modules that capture potential issues and topics specific to various locales and the interests of the mentors and participants.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart After School Programs
This Program is made possible with funding from the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities
Canadian Tire Jumpstart After School Program: Using a combination of physical activities, healthy snacks, positive self-esteem building activities, mental health promotion and mentorship, BBBS staff and volunteers will provide an active safe and supportive environment for children to develop and enhance a healthy life style through physical activity, fair play and fun.
Youth After School Programs
WAK (we are kids) Youth Programming
WAK Youth Programming is a FREE program with all youth in grade 6 thru 12 (age 11 to 18) in the Smiths Falls Area. The Program is run in the hall above the Youth Arena. This program is possible thanks to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County, Town of Smiths Falls and YAK Youth Services. The three agencies have come together to ensure that youth have access to free and fun services within the town. To get a registration form click here