Family & Mentor Resources
GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
A great option for matches is to do a fun activity that gives back to the local community. Click here to view how a Big and Little can give back to the Langley/Aldergrove/Fort Langley community while having fun at the same time.
DEALS FOR BIGS
There are special deals and discounts offered on local attractions, restaurants, and other community places that are offered specifically for Big Brothers Big Sisters community program matches. Click here to check out the Deals for Bigs.
QUESTIONS FOR YOUR LITTLE
Sometimes it can be a challenge to get a conversation started or come up with different questions to ask your Little beyond “How was your day/week?”. Click here to check out 30 questions you can ask to get a conversation going, and once you’ve run through all of those, click here for even more questions.
HANDLING DISCLOSURES FROM YOUR LITTLE
Our mentors have an obligation to report serious disclosures such as abuse, suspected abuse, or anything that pertains to their own or someone else’s well-being. If your mentee discloses something to you, contact your mentoring coordinator immediately for advice, or if this is an emergency situation, contact the Ministry of Child and Family Development at 1-800-663-9122. If you’d like information on how to handle disclosures, click here.
The Ministry of Child and Family Development can be contacted at 1-800-663-9122 for all child safety issues. Please also send an email regarding any incidents immediately to our agency Executive Director, Roslyn Henderson. Click here to read more about abuse and proper disclosure procedures.
CANADIAN TIRE JUMPSTART
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley have partnered with Canadian Tire Jumpstart to help children with financial need participate in organized sports or recreational acitivities. Click here for Jumpstart information.
CREATIVE QUESTIONS FOR YOUR CHILD
Sometimes it can be a challenge to get a conversation started or come up with different questions to ask your child beyond “How was your day/week?”. Click here to check out 30 questions you can ask to get a conversation going, and once you’ve run through all of those, click here for even more questions.
AUTISM CANADA FOUNDATION
Click here to view Autism Canada Foundation’s Physician Handbook. This book is a great resource for caregivers dealing with children who have autism. Filled with great information and friendly illustrations, this is a must read for any anyone that works or interacts with autistic children.
BRAIN DEVELOPMENT & VULNERABILITY OF ADOLESCENTS TO DRUG USE
Mentor International has prepared a detailed summary of new research concerning adolescent brain development and the effects of alcohol and other drug use on the developing brain. This emerging science is providing new insights about how teenagers make critical and life influencing decisions, including their decisions about drug use. Brain imaging studies suggest that the brain continues to develop through adolescence and into young adulthood (age 25 years).
COMMUNITY MATCH ACTIVITY IDEAS
Take this printable PDF list of ideas along with you the next time you meet with your Little Brother or Sister. There’s sure to be something from this list that you two can decide to do together.
‘* If you are planning an activity with rise, please contact the agency so we can seek approval from our insurance provider. *
IN-SCHOOL MATCH ACTIVITY IDEAS
Just because you’re on school grounds doesn’t mean there aren’t lots of ways to have fun with your Little Buddy. Check out this list for three pages chock-full of activity ideas.