Our One-To-One mentoring programs provide our youth with a role model to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. The result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee.
Our Group-Programs enable us to provide meaningful mentoring movement for the youth on our waiting list. These programs offer monthly agency planned and supervised group activities.
On-Site & Virtual Programs
The social distancing required by the Covid-19 pandemic has been a catalyst to move our mentoring online. We have been working tirelessly to allow mentors and mentees to be matched virtually.
At this time, virtual mentoring is not being offered until further evaluation is required.
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.
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.
PRISM – Mentoring for the 2SLGBTQ+ Community
PRISM is an innovative mentoring program designed specifically for the 2SLGBTQ+* community in Winnipeg. The first of its kind in Manitoba, the PRISM program matches children and youth who identify as 2SLGBT+ with an adult mentor who also identifies as 2SLGBTQ+ for a one on one mentoring relationship. Through regular outings, the match will foster a friendship that is supportive, empowering and fun! PRISM has now been expanded to include group opportunities for youth, and caregiver groups.
Ototema is a program about friendship and restorative justice. Mentors are matched in a one-to-one relationship with a youth who is in conflict with the law, or at risk of becoming formally involved. The youths in this program are between the ages of 7 – 18 and include younger youths referred from the MB Turnabout program, older youths on probation, and at times youths incarcerated at the Manitoba Youth Center for non-violent offenses. Youth participate in this program voluntarily.
M.A.P. (Mentoring for Adolescent Parents)
The M.A.P. program cultivate meaningful relationships between pregnant or parenting teen girls and trained adult volunteer mentors. These one-to-one community-based relationships are set up to provide structure and support, while making time for necessary play. The mentor is a role model, adviser, and friend. They are there to help support resilience and self-esteem, reinforce strengths, increase parenting capacity, and offer critical support at what can be an emotional and challenging time.
In-School Mentoring Program
The In-School mentoring program runs from October to May and 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.
Big Buddy Program
Though we offer many group program options, The Big Buddy program is the only one that takes places all over Winnipeg, including on-site. It is a mentoring preparation program for youth on our waiting list. This program offers Agency planned and supervised group activities twice per month. Fully enrolled volunteers bring youth to events such as horseback riding, rock climbing, paint nights, visits to museums, crochet lessons, pottery, mask-making, skating and so much more!
On-Site & Virtual Mentoring
Social Nearness despite Physical Distance. These are unprecedented times. The social isolation required by the Covid-19 pandemic has been a catalyst to move our mentoring online. Our agency, along with our network affiliates, have been working tirelessly to allow mentors and mentees to be matched virtually with one another.
L.E.A.P runs from October to May and consists of a two hour after-school tutor and mentorship program every week from fall to spring. (Days of the week vary depending on age/grade level and size of group.) Each student is provided an hour of personalized tutoring, followed with relationship building, fun activities and games. Students either work on their own homework they bring with them, or work on any of the resources we have to offer.
We have partnered with a Girlvana Yoga instructor to run this fabulous new program. In combination with yoga, the group does interactive games, journaling, check-in questions and guided meditation with the hopes of supporting our young girls to navigate adolescence with hopes of improving body image, confidence, self-care, inner dialogue and healthy relationships.
Program is not currently offered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Storybook Program is a short-term mentoring preparation program for volunteers and youth. It is designed to give young people a meaningful short-term mentoring experience that engages them to be creative, self-reflective and the author of their own story. Youth may take part in this program once, consecutively, or while they wait for a long term match in one of the other programs.
Connect through the love of music. This is a new program this year! Thanks to a grant through TD Musicounts we have received new guitars and ukuleles! Mentors and Mentees will be provided an instrument to borrow, and get together once week in the evening for 2 hours to learn, play, and connect on site at the BBBS activity centre.