Youth Opportunities

In-School Mentoring

Our Teen In-School Mentoring program provides girls and boys with a teenage role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with, within school grounds. For one hour a week, mentors meet with their mentee and engage in activities such as board games, crafts or just hang out in the playground.

The program strives to do the following:

  • Provide a role model and a friend for girls and boys
  • Promote the importance of staying in school and healthy relationships with family and peers
  • Instill trust and self-confidence in order to make healthy decisions
  • Encourage leadership skills and independent thinking
  • Have mentors make a difference while having fun

The In-School Mentoring program requires a weekly visit of 1 hour for the duration of the school year. Matches do not meet over the summer break or during other school holidays.

 

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Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds!

Go Girls! is a group mentoring program for girls ages 8 – 14 (age requirement may vary depending on location of program) that focusses on physical activity, balanced eating and self-esteem. The single, most important goal of the program is to positively shape the lives of young women and girls by helping them build a positive self-image – setting them on a path to reach their full potential in life.

The Go Girls! program consists of seven mentoring sessions, held over an 8-week period, after school within school facilities, or at local community recreation centres. Each 2-hour-long session is loosely structured around four themes: physical activity, healthy eating, self-esteem, and communication skills.

The program strives to do the following:

  • Create appreciation for the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle
  • Build understanding of what constitutes healthy eating habits and the risks associated with eating disorders
  • Promote the importance of positive mental activity and regular physical exercise
  • Encourage awareness of core values, personal interests, strengths and attributes
  • Support the development of leadership and life skills
  • Offer guidance in establishing and maintaining friendships
  • Have mentors make a difference while having fun

This program is available in partnership with our agency and the City and Township of Langley at various community recreation centres.

 

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Game On! Eat Smart, Play Smart!

Game On! is a group mentoring program that provides boys ages 8 – 14 (age requirement may vary depending on location of program) 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.

Game On! includes eight, 2-hour core sessions which include four extension modules that capture potential issues and topics specific to various locales, and the interests of the mentors and participants.
The program strives to do the following:

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

This program is available in partnership with our agency and the City and Township of Langley at various community recreation centres.

 

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Explorations

Children who participate in Explorations choose from a list of four options, one activity that they would like to “explore”. Experts in these fields from the Langley community teach children all about the topic they’ve selected through interactive learning and demonstrations.

The first forty-five minutes of each Exploration session is spent with all children in the program (regardless of the activity option they chose) having a snack, playing a game, getting exercise, and/or participating in a group discussion. For the last hour and 15 minutes, the children will all separate into their chosen activity with their leaders and have full access to the venue’s associated amenities.

This program is available exclusively at HD Stafford Middle School and takes place once a week, for two hours over five consecutive weeks at different points in the school year.

 

 

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Youth Scholarships

Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund

Launched in 2017, the Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund is dedicated to ensuring the success of future generations of Canadians by helping the brightest young leaders across the country succeed in their educational aspirations. Scholarships will be awarded to 150 youth from nine community partner organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada.

The Ted Rogers Scholarship was designed to encourage and support students involved in a mentoring program with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada agencies, who are entering their first year of post-secondary education. In 2018, 20 scholarships will be offered to Big Brothers Big Sisters youth. Each scholarship will fund $2,500 per year in postsecondary tuition and compulsory fees, on a renewable basis for up to two years (College) and up to four years (University).

Please review the Application Outline closely for full eligibility and application requirements before submitting an Application Form here https://bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/event/ted-rogers-scholarship-fund/

Bayfield Mortgage Professionals Scholarship

Thanks to our very generous donor, Bayfield Mortgage Professionals, we are able to offer this $1,000 scholarship to any of our contacts who will graduate from high school in 2018. The scholarship will cover any form of advanced education or training after leaving high school. The person must be enrolled in our programs in some way or another.

Deadline for applications is May 20, 2018. Click here for the full application and guidelines package.

Langley School District Scholarship

Your school may be offering a scholarship through the Langley School District Scholarship program. Click here for more information, or visit your school counsellor today!