100 Men 100 Days. It’s exactly what it sounds like. Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton (BGCBigs) is looking for 100 good men to be a friend, a role model, a mentor to 100 good kids and we’ve given ourselves 100 days to do it.
We’ve got more boys on our waiting list than we can count (over 800 as of the writing of this page) because the simple fact is that men are less likely to volunteer with us than women. We want that to change.
But with so many boys in Edmonton and the surrounding area who are waiting for an additional caring in their lives, we decided that this year we need to do more. Did you know that we also match Big Sisters to Little Brothers, not just Little Sisters? If the child and mentor are both on board for the match – a Big Sister can have an incredibly positive impact on a young boy’s life. So ladies, this year’ we’re also looking for 200 Women in 100 Days.
It’s fun and rewarding and the best part is you don’t need any special skills.
So what’s this mentoring thing anyways?
A mentor is defined as a `wise advisor`. In BGCBigs terms, a mentor is an older individual who is there to spend time with a younger person to support their development, provide friendship and guidance, and offer a different perspective on the world. Basically, mentoring is an additional caring relationship for a kid.
Mentors (Bigs) spend time with mentees (Littles) doing anything related to recreation, education or social and life skills. Mentoring can take place out in the community, at a child’s school, or at one of our after school clubs.
Mostly, Bigs and Littles have fun together!
This kind of relationship has proven positive results in the life of a child.
A mentor provides inspiration, acceptance, challenge, a sympathetic ear and exposure to new ideas and activities. Children matched with mentors show improved:
- Confidence, self-esteem and sense of hope
- Academic grades
- School attendance
- Interactions with peers, parents and teachers
- Social and communication skills
- More likely to finish high school and less likely to be involved in criminal activities
Mentoring makes a BIG difference. Studies show that children matched with mentors are:
- 80% more likely to finish high school
- 46% less likely to use drugs
- 27% less likely to use alcohol
- 52% less likely to skip school
So, do you think you’re ready to become a Big Brother or Big Sister to a boy on our waiting list? We think you are! Click here to apply.
Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area is a non-profit charitable organization that provides safe places and positive relationships. In 2017, we provided mentoring and after-school support to over 5,300 kids with the help of over 3,000 volunteer.