Big Brothers Big Sisters of Quesnel is looking for more mentors to spend time with local children and youth. Photo submitted

Mentors needed for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Quesnel

There are currently 30 Littles on the waitlist for mentors

At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Quesnel, our mentors encourage young people to develop their own interests, support learning and skill building and open doors so they can discover new, engaging activities in the community.

They model positive attitudes and are culturally diverse. They believe in the value and values of mentoring!

Currently, we have 30 Littles on our waitlist looking for someone to share their interests, ideas and knowledge with. Our Littles are waiting to build a positive friendship with a mentor — and that could be you!

Why be a mentor?

Mentors have a lot of fun, challenging themselves to be a BIG kid again, trying out new activities with a Little. Meeting someone unrelated and new allows both BIGs and Littles to learn about different concepts, cultures, foods and so much more.

One of our newly recruited BIG Brothers stated he has been having the time of his life, doing things he has not done since he was a kid. Our Littles have a wide variety of interests, from biking and hiking, to theatre and ballet. Whatever your interest, we are sure to have a child just waiting to meet you!

The process to become a mentor is led by Big Brothers Big Sisters employees. We ask for a criminal record check, references and a drivers abstract, and we conduct an interview. At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Quesnel, we want to make the best possible match for your friendship to be successful, long lasting and meaningful.

Some of the interview questions include things like:

• Can you commit to an hour or two a week or bi-weekly?

• What types of activities interest you?

• Are you open to exploring new activities/trying new things?

• What age of child do you like to work with?

• Do you want to help a child/youth learn a specific skill, pursue an interest, help with schoolwork, or just be a caring adult friend?

Witnessing the transformation of a child into a confident, concerned and motivated person is a remarkable thing. The mentoring experience becomes a life-changing relationship built on friendship trust and empowerment.

If you have an interest in being a mentor, contact Lorene at 250-992-7257.

A BIG Thank You to our Mentors and Littles — we appreciate all that you do!

— Submitted by Lorene Pulles, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Quesnel

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