Across Canada, volunteers are needed to provide children and youth with the support and guidance of a mentor. Mentoring organizations and champions from across Canada are sending out a rallying cry for caring Canadians to become mentors for these kids in one-on-one, group and school settings.
This January, as Mentoring Month celebrates mentors of children and youth across North America, Big Brothers Big Sisters, government, school and community partners are highlighting the critical impact volunteer mentors have on the lives of young people. All Canadians are being called on to volunteer for as little as one hour a week to change the life of a young person and the future of their community.
“We each have what it takes to make a real, lasting difference in the life of a child or youth, by showing up and being a consistent, caring presence,” says Lorene Pulles, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters Quesnel. “There are far too many kids here in our community who are still waiting for someone to share their challenges and achievements with, to laugh and have fun with, to encourage their hopes and dreams, and to open their eyes to a broader world of possibilities.”
In celebration of Mentoring Month, Canadians are asked to recommit themselves to their community by becoming mentors for young people in need of caring, supportive relationships. Research has shown that children and youth who have the support of a mentoring relationship do better in school, go on to successful careers, give back to their communities and live happier, healthier lives.
Visit us at bigbrothersbigsistersofquesnel.ca to learn more about mentoring opportunities.
—Lorene Pulles is the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters Quesnel