One to One Mentoring
Big Brothers Mentoring
The Big Brothers mentoring program provides boys and young men with a role model to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee, which is built on trust and common interests, and is supported by our experienced case-workers. The result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee.
The Big Brothers mentoring program requires weekly scheduled outings of a few hours each and a minimum of a one year commitment.
Big Sisters mentoring
The Big Sisters mentoring program provides girls and young women with a role model to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee, which is built on trust and common interests, and is supported by our experienced case-workers. The result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee.
The Big Sisters mentoring program usually requires requires weekly scheduled outings of a few hours each and a minimum of a one year commitment.
The In-School mentoring program provides youth with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up 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 on school grounds.
The In-School mentoring program requires a weekly visit of one hour for the duration of the school year. Matches do not meet over the summer break or during other school holidays.
A challenge that many Oxford County 2SLGBTQ+ children and youth face is finding a mentor to help guide them along their journey. Big Brothers Big Sisters in Oxford County is proud to offer the PRISM program (Pride, Respect, Identity, Safety and Mentoring), entirely designed to connect 2SLGBTQ+ children and youth with 2SLGBTQ+ adults. The children and youth can foster an authentic bond with an 2SLGBTQ+ identifying adult. The relationship will provide a child or youth with a safe place to explore their identities, create an empowering relationship with a mentor and connect to the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Oxford County.
Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds!
Go Girls! is a group mentoring program for self-identifying girls ages 11-14 that focuses on physical activity, balanced eating and self-esteem. The single, most important goal of the program is to positively shape the lives of young people 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 a 7-10 week period, within school facilities. Each session is loosely structured around four themes: physical activity, healthy eating, self-esteem, and communication skills.
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Game On! Eat Smart, Play Smart!
Game On! is a group mentoring program for providing self-identifying boys and young men 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 seven 75-minute core sessions. There are also four extension modules that capture potential issues and topics specific to various locales and the interests of the mentors and participants.
SOAR (Social Opportunities Activities Relationships)
Help our kids SOAR to new heights… This is an 8-12 week group program for children who are waiting for their Big. Volunteers are matched with 2-3 children and take them to pre-planned activities. Specific groups for 12 and under and 13 and older. Activities can include but are not limited to:
- Recreational sport activities (hiking, swimming, skating, dancing, martial arts, horseback riding)
- Culinary activities (cooking classes)
- Arts/Culture (crafts, tours, music, etc.)
With a goal of social integration, communication skills and building new experiences, they meet weekly in a group setting, to build connections between youth and mentors.
Virtual Mentoring provides young people on our waitlist with virtual Mentors with whom they can connect through phone, text, and video calling applications. These matches will communicate online once a week for 1-2 hours, and have a weekly activity or task to work on together. Monthly activity ideas are sent out to matches, and required supplies are provided to families and mentors.
Check out our monthly Virtual Activity Newsletters