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Community Based Program:

Staff are hard at work creating new matches that foster developing a positive relationship built on trust and common interests. Match motoring is now being completed over the phone or by Zoom. The result of this positive relationship is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee.

Matches are allowed to see each other provided they are following social distancing rules and procedures set by provincial & municipal governments.

Teen Mentoring:

Teen Mentoring is a group based mentoring program where elementary students are matched one to one with a high school student.

The students meet once weekly for a total of 8 -15 sessions throughout the school year. The agency provides a snack and the caseworker facilitates the program. The goal is to create friendships, share experiences, and connect with each other through planned activities and games. Due to COVID-19, programming is running at the Big Brothers Big Sisters office with a maximum of 10 matches. Social distancing and safety measures are in place.

Our current partnering school programs include:

Catholic Central High School / The Children of St Martha’s Elementary School

Catholic Central High School / Ecole St Mary

Lethbridge Collegiate Institute / Fleetwood Bawden Elementary School

Chinook High School / Nicholas Sheran Community School

In-School Mentoring:

In-School Mentoring is a program that provides children and youth a role model and friend to talk to and share experiences of growing up. Traditionally, mentors meet with their mentee for one hour, once a week for the duration of the school year and complete activities that are decided upon together based on similar interests. Matches only meet on school property and do not have contact over summer break or other school holidays.

Due to COVID-19, the In-School Mentoring program will be operating on a virtual platform for the duration of the 2020-2021 school year. Mentors will meet with their matches one on one over this virtual platform during school hours and build a positive relationship while completing mutually agreed upon activities.

In-School Mentoring is offered in most elementary schools and middle schools in Lethbridge and surrounding areas.

GoGirls!

GoGirls! Is a group mentoring program for girls ages 11-14 that focuses on physical activity, balanced eating, and self-esteem. Traditionally, the GoGirls! program consists of seven mentoring sessions, held over a 7-10-week period, within school facilities. Each session is 45-90 minutes long is coordinated around four themes: physical activity, healthy eating, self-esteem, and communication skills.

Due to COVID-19, GoGirls! Is going virtual! Sessions will be running over a virtual platform with a mentor coordinating each session. Sessions will still focus on the most important goal of the program – positively shaping 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. Sessions will also incorporate a few changes in topic regarding the different challenges of navigating COVID-19 such as isolation and loneliness, internet safety, family dynamics.

GameOn!

GameOn! Is a group mentoring program for providing boys and young men ages 11 to 14 with information and support to make informed choices about a range of healthy lifestyle practices. Traditionally, GameOn! consists of seven mentoring sessions, held over a 7 to 10-week period within school facilities. Each session is 45 to 90 minutes long coordinating around four themes: physical activity, healthy eating, self esteem and communication skills

Due to COVID-19, GameOn! Has gone virtual! Group sessions will be run by a mentor over a virtual platform. Sessions will still focus on the main components of GameOn! Such as providing support, tools, and information for young men and boys in order to enhance competence, confidence and self-esteem to create healthy, active living. Sessions will also incorporate a few changes in topic regarding the different challenges of navigating COVID-19 such as isolation and loneliness, internet safety, family dynamics.