Big Brothers Big Sisters’ in-school mentoring programs come to an end 2017/2018
School is (almost) out for summer! As the school year wraps up, BBBSQ’s in-school programming also comes to close. This year we have a BIG reason to celebrate – through school based programs we were able to serve 104 children and provide volunteer opportunities for an additional 80 Teen Mentors in our community! We currently offer four in-school programs in the district:
- Teen Mentoring: Teen mentoring pairs CSS students with an elementary aged child for the duration of one high school semester. Our teen mentors teach by example the importance of giving back, staying in school, and having respect for peers, family and community. A life-changing relationship built on friendship, trust and empowerment for both the mentee and mentor. This year teen mentors provided a total of 1,435 volunteer hours. We extend our utmost gratitude to the students at Correlieu Secondary School that participated in the program this year. We would also like to thank the teachers and support staff that welcomed this program into their classrooms this year: Mr. Tourangeau & Ms. Stevenson (CSS), Ms. Reis & Mrs. Sutton (Voyageur) – without your support and belief in mentoring this program would not be possible.
- Adult In-School Mentoring: We had the privilege of working with three adult in-school mentors this school year. Adult in-school mentoring is a one on one match at the child’s elementary school, one hour per week. The mentors get to re-experience the joys of being a child while being a positive and healthy role models. Thank-you to mentors: Karen Grunau, Elaine Prato & Charleen Nelin and the schools that welcomed them this year: Riverview Elementary & Carson Elementary. If you are interested in being an adult in-school mentor please contact our office.
- Go Girls!: This group program had great success this year. Programs focusing on healthy living and building self-esteem were offered at Voyageur Elementary, Red Bluff Lhtako Elementary, and Quesnel Junior School. Thank you so much to the volunteers who donate their time and energy to make this invaluable program possible. Please contact our office if you are interested in being a Go Girls! Mentor.
- Kids in Motion: This interactive program is classroom based and uses crafts and activities to explore topics such as: Teamwork, Problem Solving, Positivity and Dealing with Worry. Thank-you to Ms. Sommerey and her grade 2/3 class for participating this year – your enthusiasm and openness to learning was truly a joy to experience.
Additionally, BBBSQ would also like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to all those participants, sponsors and donators that helped us make Golf for Kids Sake on June 2nd a success. We would especially like to recognize the partnership contributions by CIBC – the event would not have been possible without their hard work and support. This event raised over $13,000 – funds will be used to match a child with a mentor, we currently have 22 children eagerly waiting for a Big Brother/Big Sister.
Submitted by: Shaina Hawn, Mentoring Coordinator