Positively changing Barrie and the surrounding District
SERVING THE COMMUNITY IN AND AROUND BARRIE
In 2017 alone, our agency provided free mentoring programs to over 550 local children and youth. We were only able to do this through the generous support of over 180 volunteers.
REPUTABLE AND ACCOUNTABLE
Providing life changing mentoring experiences for over 50 years and in the Barrie Area.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barrie and District has been providing mentoring experiences for over 50 years, facilitating life-changing relationships that inspire and empower local children and youth to reach their full potential both as individuals and citizens.
THE CONFIDENCE TO ACHIEVE MORE
All young people realize their full potential.
Enable life changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barrie & District is connected to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, a Federation comprised of 108 member agencies servicing more than 1,100 communities across the country.
Many children and youth in Canada struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives.
Facing prolonged adversity creates toxic stress in the brain that can negatively impact development.
With the support of a mentor, these risks can be reduced or even avoided, and youth can reach their full potential.
Many children and youth in Canada struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives like detrimental living conditions, family violence, risk factors for mental health, school issues and identity challenges.
These circumstances have nothing to do with the value of who they are or who they can become, but because of these situations, children and youth risk not having the opportunity to live up to their full potential.
Even worse is the possibility of continuing cycles of poverty and crime or developing mental health issues.
This comes at a cost to the young person, and to society.
With the guidance and support of a mentor, these risks can be reduced or even avoided, and youth are reminded they can be anything they dream of being.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is a Federation comprised of 108 member agencies servicing more than 1,100 communities across the country. Together we mobilize over 21,300 volunteers who in turn mentor 41,700+ children and young people. That works out to nearly:
2.2 million volunteer hours each year
Each Big Brother Big Sister agency provides direct service to children by matching volunteers and youths in quality mentoring relationships. Our agency staff members are experts at screening volunteers and matching them with a mentee having similar interests.
The national organization provides services and programs to our member agencies to assist them with their work with parents, mentees, and volunteers. Ranging from staff training workshops to our leading Child Safety Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada works diligently to ensure we have superior quality programming in all parts of the country.