ENROL A YOUNG PERSON
Thank you for your interest in our programs. Please see the criteria section by clicking the + sign under the form itself for more information. You can also download the General Parent Information Package 2020 to review more detailed information. (If you are not the parent/guardian but have questions about the process please visit this page for information and contact information: https://winnipeg.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/families/)
Due to overwhelming requests for mentorship and connection through the pandemic, we have had to close our youth intake for a short period to focus on mentor recruitment and matching to create space on our waitlist. Our staff will not be fielding intake conversations during this time and ask that you follow up in Spring 2023.
CRITERIA (Please click to expand this section)
HOW IT WORKS
For the Big Brother, Big Sister, and Cross Gender programs, parent/guardians can apply for children at the age of 7, and non-binary youth for PRISM at 9. Boys over 12 and girls over 13 are no longer eligible to apply to enter the Big Brother or Big Sister program, however youth who are on the waiting list are eligible for matching until they are 15. (Youth in other specialized programs, such as Ototema, MAP and PRISM can be over 12/13 years of age at the time of application).
NOTE: Under Covid-19 the Agency is offering virtual mentoring and age limits may be waived.
Youth must voluntarily want to be a part of the program, and will be updated regularly while they are waiting for a match. Youth will be offered group and short-term programs immediately after acceptance.
Youth who are under 16 years of age must have a parent/guardian who supports the application and can be involved in the process. Youth who are over 16 will be assessed as the primary applicant, should they wish to advocate for themselves. If you are not the individual with legal signing rights for the child, the legal signatory must provide permission.
Youth, and parent/guardians if applicable, must agree to regular contact with the Agency.
Youth must reside in Winnipeg
As there are many programs and many considerations when determining program eligibility and fit, there may be criteria not listed here that is program specific.
An Enrollment Coordinator will work with you and your child to review your situation and determine how a mentor would be of benefit. Factors that would be considered regarding your child’s needs include:
- Parent or guardian support
- Adult involvement other than the parent(s) or guardian(s)
- Peer relationships
- School performance
- Involvement in community activity
- Living environment
- Mental health needs
- Ability to form and maintain a healthy, safe relationship
- Ability to perform self-care