Big Brothers Big Sisters of Innisfail

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Tel: (403)2276766
Address: #5 5215 - 49 Ave. Innisfail Alberta



About

Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Innisfail is registered charity that provides volunteer child mentoring services to children  between the ages of 5 and 18. Big Brothers & Big Sisters, now in its 100th year nationally and 27th year in the Innisfail region, has a solid reputation for providing positive role models for children, encouraging them to pursue their education, avoid choices that will put them at risk, remain healthy and active, and become responsible citizens that give back to their community.

Program Description

Our Site-based Program offers both individual and group support in community schools throughout the local region; included in some schools is our Teen Mentoring program that places qualified teenagers with younger students.  The Community-based Program reflects more traditionally recognized mentoring that matches adults from across the age spectrum with children and, by extension, their families. The agency also offers a Junior Volunteer Program for youth ages 11 and up who wish to become volunteers within the program.  Kids ‘N’ Kops is a one week program that brings together “at risk” children ages nine to 11 years with local R.C.M.P. officers for a week of learning and fun activities, fostering trust and respect. “Go Girls” encourages healthy active living for girls aged 12 to 14 years.

 

In School Mentoring

A reliable adult volunteer spends one hour a week for one school year with an elementary school student who is socially isolated and in need of some extra attention.  They play games, make crafts, or play in the gym.  Time spent together is more important than the activity.

 

Go Girls!

This seven week group program for girls in Grade 8 focuses on active living, balanced eating and healthy self-esteem.

 

Kids & Kops

This one week summer day camp program brings together local RCMP officers with youth aged 9 to 12.  Each day they look at some aspect of police work, participate in a self-esteem building activity, and have fun.

 

Group Activities

A variety of activities are held during the summer break and after school during the school year.  These events keep kids busy and help to build social skills in a fun way.  Some of the activities, such as farm visits, craft days or sports happen in or near the community, while others involve travel to museums or attractions that economically disadvantaged children might not otherwise experience.  Crafts, seasonal parties and outdoor activities provide a place for positive interaction with adults and other children.  Parents are encouraged to attend with their children.  Activities are generally free of charge and usually nurture creativity and cooperative group spirit for participants.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Traditional Program

A reliable adult volunteer spends a few hours a week for at least one year with one child from a single parent family or other family in need.  Shared interests and time spent together on a regular basis fosters the child’s ability to cope with life’s challenges and build trusting relationships with others.

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

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