Big Brothers Big Sisters
Mentorship is two-way, learning and development partnership where the young person needs are placed at the centre. Because young people’s brains are still developing, mentoring can support that process through back-and-forth interaction like the volley in a good game of ping-pong. Mentoring is a key way to give youth experience with the essential back-and-forth development, making them better able to deal with and overcome life’s adversities.
The cost to support the relationship of one Big and one Little for one year is $1,500.
For every $1 invested in our programming returns $23 to society through taxes, higher incomes, volunteerism, and charitable donations. Financial donations allow us to be there for kids when they need you the most by placing a caring BBBS mentor in their life.
We serve children and youth ages 5-25. Many children and youth struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives. Facing prolonged adversity creates toxic stress in the brain that can negatively impact development. With the support of a mentor, these risks can be reduced or even avoided and youth can reach their full potential. We aim to provide life-changing mentoring relationships to children & youth who need them the most.
Programs & Services
Mentorship enables children & youth to realize their full potential. Designed to meet the diverse needs of our community, Big Brothers and Big Sisters mentoring program provide young people with a positive, adult role model to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with, either in a one-on-one, group based or school setting. We serve over 600 children & youth every year and have a waitlist of over 150 Little Brothers & Sisters.
How You Can Help
One-Time Financial Gifts
Matches are youth in the community paired with volunteer mentors; they spend a little bit of time together once a week. Mentoring has long-lasting effects on youth that benefit them and the community greatly in the future. Social isolation is an Adverse Child Effect; mentoring helps to combat this as 1 in 5 children report one or zero strong relationships in their lives.
Our goals as an organization are to help youth in the community find stability, better their mental health, and develop confidence and resilience to navigate through life’s toughest challenges.
We at Big Brothers Big Sisters realize the emotional and financial hardships that our community is facing. But we also know that is community always comes together when we need them. Thank you for your consideration!
Gift cards (any denomination) for:
Please contact Jennifer Humble at email@example.com to coordinate dropping off a gift card!
Our most urgent need is for Winter Gear:
Please contact Jennifer Humble at firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate dropping off clothing donations!
Our Littles & their families are looking for the following items:
Please contact Jennifer Humble at email@example.com to coordinate dropping off an item!
Big Believers is a meaningful way to donate via pre-authorized monthly payments over the course of the year which supports our mission! No matter what the amount, your monthly commitment ensures that there is a ready and reliable stream of funding available to help us match more children with mentors who will change their lives.
Learn more about our Big Believer program here.
Each Big Brother Big Sister agency provides direct service to children by matching volunteers and youths in quality mentoring relationships. Our agency staff members are experts at screening volunteers and matching them with a mentee having similar interests.
How To Donate
Many young people struggle with societal barriers and face adversities such as mental health issues, family violence, identity issues or poor living conditions. Your donation will lead to healthy, thriving youth who can achieve more.
To make a donation by mail, please send a cheque to:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatoon and Area
182 Wall St
To make a donation by phone, please call 306-241-6550.
Visit our website to learn about our other ways to give:
- Attend an Event
- Run your own event
- Monthly Donations
- Tribute & Memorial Gifts
- Donate Shares and Securities
- Planned Giving
- In-Kind donations