Big Brother: 1-1 match Program

(Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph, Mentoring Services for Children and Youth)

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Position ID: V-GUE0082 Last Modified: 18 Dec 2021 Last Full Update: 18 Dec 2021
Opportunity Details
Impact StatementHelp ignite a young person's potential!
ContactMarg Allen, Program Administrator, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph; Phone: 519-824-5154; Fax: 519-824-6156; Email:
DutiesA volunteer Big Brother will be a positive role model and mentor to a child (Little Brother). Volunteers will see their Little Brother on a consistent basis, usually once a week. The volunteer and child will participate in fun activities such as sports, biking, games, watching movies, building models, etc. Volunteers and children are matched based on interests, location and age preference.
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BenefitsVolunteers receive training in child safety, child development and communication skills. The experience gained presents an opportunity for personal/career development and satisfaction as a result of experiences, training opportunities and support. Volunteers also feel a sense of fulfillment because they have provided a safe, supportive, non-judgemental environment for a child and may develop a lifelong friendship. 
For the child, this relationship will provide acceptance, guidance, support, companionship and new experiences.
ClientsBoys from the ages of 5 to 16, in need of a male role model.
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students ; Couples
Areas of InterestChild & Family Services ; Friend / Penpal ; Mentorship / Leadership
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Mentoring & Training ; Planning & Organizing ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Must enjoy spending time with children; possess an ability to care for children/youth regardless of economic situation, cultural background etc.; a mature and responsible disposition. The ability to be a great listener is also highly encouraged.
Commitment LengthLong Term (More than 1 year) - A commitment of a minimum 18 months is required. ; In order for the children to enjoy the long-term benefits of a mentor this opportunity requires a long-term commitment. Time must be spent with the Little Brother on a regular and consistent basis.
Interaction LevelOne-on-one
Minimum Hours6 / Month
Dates and TimesVolunteers, Little Brothers and parents arrange times to get together based on their own schedules. The emphasis is on consistency, not specific days or times.
SeasonsYear Round
LocationGuelph and Wellington County
Number of PositionsGuelph 
20 individual(s) needed in total. 
At this time there is a waiting list of boys wanting to be matched with a male adult mentor.
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided ; Training is required ; Scheduled training ; Training on the job ; Mandatory Volunteer Training and Orientation session; on-going support from a caseworker during the length of the match.
TransportationDriver License required ; Car required ; The BBBSG office is conveniently located on a bus route, but a driver's license and access to a vehicle will be necessary to have to transport your Little Brother/Little Sister to the various outings and activities you participate in.
CostLow-cost or no cost activities are strongly encouraged. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph often receives tickets, discounts or coupons for volunteers and their Little Brothers.
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsAgency Interview, References, Family & Children Services Check, Vulnerable Sector Police Check
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Display Until16 Dec 2022
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Organization NameBig Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph, Mentoring Services for Children and Youth
Office Phone519-824-5154
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285 Woolwich St
Guelph, ON N1H 3V8
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