BIG SISTERS WEYBURN
The Communithon funds allow our agency to provide support, training, and resources to mentors, families, and children in order to help children grow and reach their potential.
“We commit to Canada’s young people that we will be leaders in providing them with the highest quality, volunteer based mentoring programs.”
“Every Child in Weyburn Who Needs a Mentor, Has a Mentor.”
We’re Big Brothers Big Sisters of Weyburn.
We serve young people between the ages 6 to 16 with professionally screened and trained volunteer adult mentors. We match young people facing adversity and in need of additional developmental support with a volunteer mentor who helps support that child. Mentoring relationships rely of recreational activities that lead to bonding opportunities.
Our mentors help children express care, challenge growth, provide support, and provide leadership opportunities. A mentoring relationship increase the social, emotional, and educational wellness of a child who needs it.
The Top 3 Things you wished more people knew about your Community Agency?
Mentoring is an extremely fun and rewarding experience
Mentoring is available through the school system, as well as on evenings and weekends
According to the Boston Consulting Group, every dollar invested into a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring relationship returns $23 to society.
How has COVID affected your products, services, or agency?
Although our agency has had challenges due to our Mentoring Program relying on 1-on-1 in person interactions, we have shifted programming to Virtual Mentoring. We offer new virtual training to mentors, and many online recreational activities for mentors and children to do together. We very swiftly and carefully moved to remote supports for Big Brothers Big Sisters staff and participants.
Also, children and families are seeing more stresses than ever as a result of COVID-19, therefore the demand for mentoring and additional supports for children and families has gone up. We expect to see this trend continue after the pandemic due to the disruption that has occurred for family life, both socially and economically.