Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Medicine Hat & District

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Tel: 403-527-6640
Address: 1002 Allowance Avenue Medicine Hat Alberta



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About

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a nonprofit organization that has been a part of the Medicine Hat community since 1974. Many children in our community are resilient despite the life experiences they have encountered. However, many more need the positive influence, consistency and stability that an adult mentor can provide them with. Mentors can help them increase their self-worth, obtain a sense of hope for the future and provide them with added resources to gain life skills. BBBS believes in the future of our community and helping our children to reach their full potential to become upstanding citizens of tomorrow.

Program Description

Community Based Mentoring- Mentees ages 6-16 are matched with screened Mentors on common interests. Mentors and Mentees meet for approximately 2 hours a week working on Developmental Relationship goals. A minimum of one year commitment is required.

In School Mentoring- Mentors are matched with a Mentee at the child/youth’s school. Mentors meet with a child/youth for one a hour a week for a 10 month time period on the same day/time each week.

Teen Mentoring- Grade 11/12 students are matched with elementary aged students. Mentors meet at the child’s school in a group setting supervised by a Big Brothers Big Sisters staff. This is a 14 week program and each session is 75 minutes long.

Intergenerational Mentoring- *Brand New Program* This mentoring program is targeted for the 55 years plus community. Mentors are matched with a child and either meet at the child’s school or onsite at the Big Brothers Big Sisters office depending on the day/time of the program. This is a 10 month program. Matches meet for one hour a week.

Game On- This is a 8 week group program targeted to grade 6/7 boys. Game On is a site based program and may run at a local school or at the Big Brothers Big Sisters office. Each session is 75 minutes long. Topics discussed but are not limited to are healthy relationships, leading a healthy lifestyle, and communication skills.

Go Girls!- This is a 8 week group program targeted to grade 5/6 girls. Go Girls! is a site based program and may run at a local school or at the Big Brothers Big Sisters office. Each session is 75 minutes long. Topics discussed but are not limited to are healthy relationships, positive self-esteem, healthy lifestyle and incorporating non-traditional physical activities into your life.

Areas of Focus
  • One to one
  • Group mentoring
Ages of Mentees
Special Populations

Programs Offered

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Traditional Big Brother & Big Sister Mentoring (Community Based)

Program Description

Traditional Big Brother & Big Sister Mentoring - matches adult volunteers with children 6 to 16 years of age. Matches spend 2-4 hours a week for a minimum of one year. Cross-gender matches are also available where a Big Sister is matched with a Little Brother.

Mentor Description

Matches spend 2-4 hours a week for a minimum of one year

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Couples for Kids Mentoring (Community Based)

Program Description

Couples for Kids - matches an adult couple with one Little Brother or Little Sister between 6 to 16 years of age.

Mentor Description

A couple must be over 20 years of age, have been living together, without interruption for over a year and who do not have their own children under the age of 12. The three of them spend time together 2-4 hours per week for a minimum of a year.

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In School Mentoring (School Based)

Program Description

In School Mentoring - matches volunteers (teen/adult) with children in elementary, middle, or high schools to send one hour per week together, at the school, during the school year and during school hours. In many cases, matches continue until the child graduates high school!

Mentor Description

One hour per week.

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Teen Mentoring (School Based)

Program Description

Teen Mentoring - matches adolescents in Grades 10-12 to children in elementary schools. This program is hosted in a group format or one-to-one. One-to-one matches spend one hour per week together, at the school, during the school year and during school hours.

Mentor Description

One hour per week.

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Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds and Game On! Eat Smart, Play Smart, Live Smart (School Based)

Program Description

Male/Female School based groups regarding physical activity, healthy eating choices, self-esteem, relationships and communication skills.

Mentor Description

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