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Virtual Big Brother

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

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Position ID: V-GUE3172 Last Modified: 15 Sep 2020 Last Full Update: 15 Sep 2020
Opportunity Details
Impact StatementIgnite a young person's interests and potential
ContactMarg Allen, Program Administrator, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph; Phone: (519) 824-5154; Fax: (519) 824-6156; Email:
DutiesAs an online Big Brother, you will be a positive role model and mentor to a young person.  
Volunteers have visits with their "Little" on a consistent basis, usually once a week.  
Volunteers invest time and attention into a child who faces adversity, build a friendship with them, and develop trust and respect. This could mean playing online games with them, engaging in a conversation about what's on their mind, doing virtual workouts together, cooking, or any other type of activity that will engage a child and draw out their personality and interests.
Sustainable Development GoalsGood Health and Well-Being ; Quality Education ; Reduced Inequality
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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.
ClientsYoung people ages 6-16, in need of a positive adult.
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students ; Persons with limited mobility ; Couples
Areas of InterestBehavioural and Developmental Support Services ; Child & Family Services ; Friend / Penpal ; Mental Health / Addictions ; Mentorship / Leadership ; Volunteer from Home / Virtual ; Youth Services
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Mentoring & Training ; Planning & Organizing ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently
Commitment LengthLong Term (More than 1 year) ; A minimum commitment of 8 months is required, and longer-term commitment is encouraged in order to build a strong relationship with the child.
Interaction LevelOne-on-one
Minimum Hours1 / Week
Dates and TimesTiming of visits may be flexible according to the volunteer and child's schedule.
SeasonsYear Round
LocationGuelph & Wellington County
Number of PositionsAberfoyle ; Arthur ; Elora ; Erin ; Fergus ; Guelph ; Harriston ; Mount Forest ; Palmerston ; Rockwood 
50 individual(s) needed in total. 
Mentoring is done virtually, from home. Option available to connect with the child/youth in person once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided ; Training is required ; Scheduled training ; Training on the job ; Training on-going ; Ongoing support from a caseworker throughout the course of the match.
TransportationMentorship is done from home. If in-person visits are opted for once COVID-19 restrictions lift, then public or personal transportation would be used.
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsAgency Interview, References, Family & Children's Services Check, Vulnerable Sector Police Check
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Start DateOn or after 03 Jul 2020
Display Until18 Dec 2020
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Organization NameBig Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph, Mentoring Services for Children and Youth
Office Phone519-824-5154
Address & Map
285 Woolwich St
Guelph, ON N1H 3V8
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