School-Based Big Brother

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

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Position ID: V-GUE3172 Last Modified: 08 Apr 2022 Last Full Update: 08 Apr 2022
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 a school-based 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 games with them, engaging in a conversation about what's on their mind, playing in the gym or in the school yard, cooking and baking, 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
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 LengthMedium Term (4 months to 1 year) ; Long Term (More than 1 year) ; A minimum commitment of 1 school year is required, with the option to continue in future school years 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 ; Commitment for the duration of 1 school year.
LocationGuelph & Wellington County
Number of PositionsAberfoyle ; Arthur ; Elora ; Erin ; Fergus ; Guelph ; Harriston ; Mount Forest ; Palmerston ; Rockwood 
20 individual(s) needed in total. 
Positions available at schools throughout Guelph and surrounding areas.
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 in-person at the young persons school. Public or personal transportation would need to be used to get to the school.
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsAgency Interview, References, Family & Children's Services Check, Vulnerable Sector Police Check
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Display Until30 Jun 2023
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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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