The same programs, NOW OFFERED ONLINE!

How can it be done online? Fortunately, we live in a time where almost anything is possible using modern technology! Instead of meeting the mentors in person, they will use online video platform to stay connected as a group during the week using the Zoom application.

The students accepted into our Online Programs will be invited to attend weekly scheduled Zoom video calls. BBBSL mentors will facilitate, and the students can participate by chatting, using the device’s microphone or video if they feel comfortable. To provide the best environment for everyone to video chat comfortably our online programs will have limited capacity.

ONLINE GO GIRLS!

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds

Go Girls! is a fun, recreation program designed for youth who want to participate in fun-filled physical activities, games, art projects and interesting discussions. This is an excellent chance for youth to hang out with friends, meet new ones, and learn about healthy living in a fun, interactive and supportive environment. They will also spend time with great leaders and mentors who are dedicated to making the program amazing!

The main goal of the Go Girls! program is to develop an appreciation of the benefits of an active, healthy, lifestyle among girls.

In addition, the program strives to achieve the following key objectives:

  • To support young people in choosing to maintain a healthy active lifestyle;
  • To provide young people with the tools and information they need to choose to lead and maintain a healthy lifestyle;
  • To enhance competence, confidence and self-esteem of young people regarding healthy active living; and
  • To build the leadership and life skills of all program participants.

ONLINE EXPLORATIONS!

A positive space for young people to try something new.

Explorations is a fun, recreational 7-week program designed for youth who want to explore different topics they are interested in, within a group setting with other students and supportive mentors.  Mentors will lead students through three different focus areas; Art, Science, and Cooking.  Within each of these areas, there will be specific activities laid out for students to gain new skills and improve upon the ones they have!

In addition, the program strives to achieve the following key objectives:

  • To create a positive space for students to explore creative outlets!
  • To provide an opportunity for students to try something new and learn new skills.
  • Support students in creating positive, healthy friendships with their peers and a healthy, trusting relationship with their mentors.

ONLINE GAME ON!

Eat smart, play smart!

Game On! is a group mentoring program that provides youth with information and support to make informed choices about a range of healthy lifestyle practices. Through non-traditional physical activities complemented with healthy eating support, participants are engaged in life skills, communication, and emotional health discussions designed to engage participants in the pursuit of life-long healthy lifestyles.

In addition, the program strives to achieve the following key objectives:

  • Through the lens of healthy living, openly discuss current and pressing issues facing young people
  • Build an appreciation for the benefits of healthy eating habits
  • Promote physical exercise through the use of non-traditional activities
  • Instill respect for diversity and community
  • Encourage leadership skills and independent thinking
  • Have mentors make a difference while having fun

These programs will require specific supplies and materials. In order for your child to partake, we will ensure you receive a ‘supply box’ prior to the program starting – which will have all necessary materials for your child!

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WHO ARE THE MENTORS?

The program is led by community individuals who act as mentors. The mentors develop relationships with the children and assist them in enhancing their self-confidence, self-esteem, and their knowledge about healthy lifestyles. The mentors are adults and young adults who relate well to children and want to set a positive example for young people to look up to.  The mentors are carefully screened, trained and supervised by Big Brothers Big Sisters.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE LEGAL GUARDIAN?

Legal guardians should show their support of their child’s involvement in the program and ensure their child is set up to use the online platform! The legal guardian will need to sign an Informed Consent & Application before the program begins as well as give information about the child’s interests and needs.  It is important for a legal guardian to check in with their child after the weekly video calls/during the week to ensure your child is enjoying the experience and it is positive for them.  To ensure a positive experience for your child the legal guardian must be open to provide feedback to the Mentoring Coordinator about the child’s involvement.

ONLINE PARTICIPANT APPLICATION

  • Please confirm the email address provided is correct as this will be our main point of contact with you.
  • For virtual meeting purposes (ie. the email used to access Zoom calls).
  • If Applicable
  • By clicking ‘I accept’ you are giving permission to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley to make available their service to my child. It is my understanding that the intention of the Agency is to offer my child an opportunity to participate in a group program lead by a responsible adult, (minimum 18 years old, however, where appropriate supervision takes place, the volunteer may be younger), I understand that all efforts will be made to select a responsible Mentor who will facilitate the group program. In consideration for this service and other valuable consideration provided to my child by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley, I release the agency of all responsibilities and liabilities in connection to their services provided in good faith, to myself or my child. I permit the agency to release any relevant information, including my personal information, to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and their insurers, as may be appropriate in connection with any legal proceeding, inquiry or risk thereof. I understand that the collection of personal information about me or my child will be held in strict confidence and is to be used solely for the purposes of administering the program. I further agree that information about my child may be shared, at the discretion of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley, with the group facilitator so that my child’s needs may be best met. I understand that this application is the property of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley. I also agree that my child will participate in the Pre- Match Training Program administered by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley. By clicking ‘I accept’ you the parent/guardian give permission for your child to participate in one or more group programs offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters Langley. I am aware of and understand the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the above service and agree such service is suitable for my child.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Go Girls/Explorations over the Zoom platform which your child will join in video chat conversations (if they are comfortable) once a week. By clicking 'I agree’, you are indicating your consent for your child to engage in the Online Go Girls/Explorations Program which will have virtual contact through Zoom with up to 10 other students, 3 volunteer mentors and monitored by a Mentoring Coordinator with Big Brothers Big Sisters Langley. As the parent/guardian, I understand: That the Mentoring Coordinator is able to monitor the Go Girls Group video and chats that take place within the group. Any contact that takes place through Zoom outside of the group chat cannot be monitored by the Mentoring Coordinator. As the parent/guardian, this platform will need to be monitored at your discretion. A Mentoring Coordinator will email the Meeting ID & Password for the weekly video chats through email the day before. Using a password to enter this meeting will minimize the risk that the meeting could be interfered with by an external party. As the parent/guardian, I agree to: Provide supervision and support, and to check in with my child following the weekly group meeting and throughout the 8 weeks to see how the group is going. contact BBBS if extra support is needed to navigate this platform for my child and will immediately connect with BBBS staff if I have safety concerns. I will do my best to support my child to attend the weekly meetings. By clicking ‘I agree’ you agree to all the conditions and terms stated above.
  • Any photographs or video productions taken of children or youth by agency staff during the program or otherwise authorized by the Executive Director or Board of Directors, may be used by the agency for the purposes of promotional material and agency awareness. Photographs or video productions may also be shared with the community and school partners for program promotion. My child’s FIRST name only, general personal circumstances, and general information about their program involvement may be included.

PROGRAM DONORS AND SUPPORTERS

BC Gaming 2017
Shoppers Drug Mart Life Foundation
SSQ Insurance
Soroptimist
United Way