Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area is a donor supported, volunteer driven organization recognized for mentoring programs for children and youth in Calgary, Airdrie, Cochrane, High River and surrounding areas.
We match caring volunteers called Bigs with a young person 6 to 18 years old called a Little. Bigs and Littles are carefully matched based on personality, shared interests and common experiences. There are a variety of programs available to meet volunteer availability, interests and location. To ensure the safety of Littles, our volunteers are thoroughly screened and trained. We also provide ongoing professional support to foster the success of mentoring relationships.
All children benefit from having a positive adult role model in their lives, and the impact of mentor in these early years will last a lifetime. Mentorship positively impacts the lives of young people by improving their self-esteem, relationships with others, educational aspirations and hope for the future.
, Children and Youth
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area
5960 Centre Street SE, Calgary, AB T2H 0C1
Volunteer Information for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area
What services does your organization provide? BBBS Calgary and Area provides both in school and community based mentoring opportunities for children and youth. We also run recreation mentoring programs.
Do you have any age requirements? It depends on the program. We have volunteer opportunities that start in high school although many programs require you to be at least 18 years of age.
Do you require language proficiency other than in English? English is essential however we do offer programs for Francophones and the Somali community.
What time commitment(s) are you expecting from a volunteer? We ask volunteers to make a commitment of at least 1 hour a week for a year. Some progams require more hours per week.
Are there any other requirements for being a volunteer? In order to offer a safe program, volunteers must pass a variety of police and background checks.
Are there any specific skills and experience required? No
What type of volunteer positions are typically available? Big Brother, Big Sister, Events volunteer or Administrative volunteer.
Do you provide training for volunteers? Yes
What are the typical volunteer activities occurring at your organization? Mentoring children and youth.
How will a person benefit from volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area? The opportunity to form a bond with a young person is a rewarding one which gives back to the community.
Do you accept high school students? Yes but only in certain programs.