School-Based Group Leader

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

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Position ID: V-GUE3173 Last Modified: 11 May 2022 Last Full Update: 11 May 2022
Opportunity Details
Impact StatementIgnite the interests and potential of young people
ContactMarg Allen, Program Administrator, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph; Phone: (519) 824-5154; Fax: (519) 824-6156; Email:
DutiesA School-Based Group Leader will be a positive role model and mentor to a small group of youth in grades 5-8. Two volunteers will work together to facilitate a variety of planned group games and activities centered around the themes of mental wellness, physical health, and self confidence, which are provided to the volunteers in advance. Volunteers provide youth who are in need of support with a positive social environment, and build relationships with youth in order to express care and provide guidance.
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 build a strong friendship.
ClientsYoung people in grades 5-8, in need of support, structure, and social engagement. Groups may be gender based, or non gendered.
Ages18 year(s) - 30 year(s)
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Post-secondary students ; Persons with limited mobility
Areas of InterestChild & Family Services ; Education Support (Elementary / Secondary) ; Mentorship / Leadership ; Youth Engagement
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Leadership ; Mentoring & Training ; Planning & Organizing
Commitment LengthShort Term (Up to 4 months) ; Medium Term (4 months to 1 year) ; Group programs consist of 7 weekly sessions. Volunteers may commit to one 7-week program or may facilitate consecutive programs throughout the year.
Interaction LevelSmall Group
Minimum Hours1 / Week
Dates and TimesMonday: Morning, Afternoon 
Tuesday: Morning, Afternoon 
Wednesday: Morning, Afternoon 
Thursday: Morning, Afternoon 
Friday: Morning, Afternoon 
A weekly 1-hour meeting time will be planned based on the volunteers' schedules. This meeting time will be consistent over the 7 week group duration.
SeasonsSpring ; Fall ; Winter ; New groups start at the beginning of each elementary school semester. Volunteers may commit to one semester with the possibility of continuing. 
Commitment of 7 weeks from start date is required
LocationGuelph and Wellington County
Number of PositionsAberfoyle ; Arthur ; Elora ; Erin ; Fergus ; Guelph ; Harriston ; Mount Forest ; Palmerston ; Rockwood 
20 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided ; Training is required ; Scheduled training ; Training on the job ; Training on-going ; Volunteers receive ongoing support from their program caseworker.
TransportationSchool-based groups take place at schools throughout Guelph and surrounding areas. A personal vehicle or public transportation is required to get to the schools.
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsAgency Interview, References, 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
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285 Woolwich St
Guelph, ON N1H 3V8
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