Refer a Little

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“Without my Big , I would not be confident individual that I am today.” – Little Sister Mariah

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Mentored youth are 2x more likely to have high academic achievement than youth who didn’t receive a mentor.

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“The best thing about having a mentor is knowing that there is always someone there to help.” – Little Sister Talia

Refer a Little Sister/Sibling

Step 1: General Information

The Big Sisters Big Siblings mentoring program matches Lower Mainland female, transgender, and non-binary youth (ages 7-17) with a volunteer Big Sister or Big Sibling in a one-to-one mentoring relationship. For a minimum of 1 year, each Big and Little match meets once a week for 2-4 hours. Matches enjoy doing a wide variety of free and low-cost activities together including crafts, sports, movies and just hanging out and talking!

Our volunteer Bigs are age 19 or older and provide us with a criminal record check and references. They are trained in child safety and screened and monitored by our professional staff throughout their involvement with the program. 

Step 2: Requirements

All Little Sisters must be:

  • Ages 7 – 17
  • Live in the Lower Mainland
  • Interested in being matched with a caring, adult mentor
  • Able to meet the minimum time commitment of  the Big Sisters Big Siblings program (2-4 hours/week for one year)

Little Sisters and Little Siblings are female, transgender, and non-binary youth who could benefit from the support and friendship of a mentor. Many Littles face challenges such as low self-esteem, social isolation, and a lack of enriching experiences as a result of challenging life circumstances such as poverty, family distress, abuse, or loss. A mentor can act as a reliable and caring friend who can be there to listen, have fun, and help navigate difficult times.

Step 3: Refer a Little Now!

Little Sisters and Little Siblings are referred to us by parents, social workers, school counsellors, and other helping professionals. Refer a youth to the Big Sisters Big Siblings program (2-4 hours/week for 1 year) by downloading and completing the referral form:

 

 Referral Form

 

To have a Referral Form sent to you by mail or fax, please contact us

Step 4: Next Steps

After we process your referral form, we contact the family/guardian and Little Sister/Sibling to schedule a mandatory screening interview and pre-match training session with one of our caseworkers. Once accepted into the program, the caseworker will start looking for a mentor to match them with.

Questions? Check out our FAQs

Refer a Little Study Buddy

Step 1: General Information

The Study Buddy mentoring program nurtures the self-esteem of female, transgender, and non-binary youth by matching them with volunteers who offers them educational support. Study Buddies work together to set appropriate educational goals for the Little. With the support of a Study Buddy tutor, Littles are encouraged and equipped to improve their educational performance and meet their academic goals, which contributes to their overall self-esteem.

Step 2: Requirements

All Little Study Buddies must be:

  • Ages 7 – 17
  • Live in the Lower Mainland
  • Interested in being matched with a caring, adult mentor
  • Able to meet the minimum time commitment of  the Study Buddy program (1 hour/week for 6 months)
  • In need of academic support 
  • Unable to access tutoring through other agencies due to family financial constraints (i.e. low income)

Step 3: Refer a Little Study Buddy Now!

Little Study Buddies are referred to us by parents, social workers, school counsellors, and other helping professionals. 

Refer a youth to the Study Buddy program (1 hour/week for 6 months) by downloading and completing the referral form:

Referral Form

To have a Referral Form sent to you by mail or fax, please contact us

Step 4: Next Steps

After we process your referral form, we contact the family/guardian and Little Study Buddy to schedule a mandatory screening interview and pre-match training session with one of our caseworkers. Once accepted into the program, the caseworker will start looking for a Study Buddy tutor to match them with.

Questions? Check out our FAQs