One to One Mentoring
NEW: Senior Connection Program
Big Brothers Mentoring
The Big Brothers mentoring program provides boys and young men with a role model to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee, which is built on trust and common interests, and is supported by our experienced case-workers. The result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee.
The Big Brothers mentoring program usually requires two regularly scheduled outings a month of a few hours each and a minimum of a one year commitment.
Big Sisters mentoring
The Big Sisters mentoring program provides girls and young women with a role model to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee, which is built on trust and common interests, and is supported by our experienced case-workers. The result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee.
The Big Sisters mentoring program usually requires two regularly scheduled outings a month of several hours each and a minimum of a one year commitment.
Big Couples mentoring
Volunteer with your partner or spouse and be “matched” with a Little Brother or Little Sister. This is a great way for both of you to give the gift of friendship to a child.
It’s just as easy as the Big Brother and Big Sister matching program and the great part about it is that you can volunteer together! Couples for Kids is a flexible program that gives you and your partner an opportunity to have fun together while bringing magic into the life of a child.
Couples in the program should both be at least 20 years of age, and should have been together for at least one year. The Big Couples program provides flexibility by allowing one member of the couple to spend time with the child if the other person is unavailable.
The Big Couples mentoring program usually requires two regularly scheduled outings a month of several hours each and a minimum of a one year commitment.
School based Mentoring
In School Mentoring
The In School Mentoring program provides youth with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up within school grounds. For one hour a week, mentors meet with their mentee and engage in activities such as board games, crafts or just hang out on school grounds.
The In School Mentoring program requires a weekly visit of one hour for the duration of the school year. Matches do not meet over the summer break or during other school holidays.
Want to have a fun and cool volunteer experience at school?
Peer Mentoring is a program designed specifically for High School students.
Students in grade 11 or 12 (Mentors) are matched with students in the lower grades (Mentees) to provide them with support, encouragement and to have some FUN!
Mentors and Mentees are matched one-on-one based on their interests and personalities. Matched pairs meet every week on school property, usually during lunch break, and spend that time together playing sports, sharing interests or just hanging out and talking. The goal of the program is to increase self-esteem and encourage healthy decision making in the students being Mentored.
Volunteering is a great way to build your resume and the local agency pays for your grad fees as a thank you for your service.
Each year 3 “Shining Stars” are chosen based on their dedication and commitment to the program as well as their impact on their Mentee. The 2017 “Shining Stars” receiving $100 each are:
This program is currently offered at CEC with hopes of expanding to North Colchester High School in Tatamagouche and South Colchester Academy in Brookfield in 2018.
Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds!
Go Girls! is a group mentoring program for girls ages 12-14 that focuses on physical activity, balanced eating and self-esteem. The single, most important goal of the program is to positively shape the lives of young women and girls by helping them build a positive self-image – setting them on a path to reach their full potential in life.
The Go Girls! program consists of seven mentoring sessions, held over a 7-10 week period, within school facilities. Each 1.5-2 hour-long session is loosely structured around four themes: physical activity, healthy eating, self-esteem, and communication skills.
Game On! Eat Smart, Play Smart!
Game On! is a group mentoring program for providing boys and young men with information and support to make informed choices about a range of healthy lifestyle practices. Through non-traditional physical activities, complemented with healthy eating support, participants are engaged in life skills, communication, and emotional health discussions designed to engage participants in the pursuit of life-long healthy lifestyles.
Game On! includes seven 75-minute core sessions. There are also four extension modules that capture potential issues and topics specific to various locales and the interests of the mentors and participants.
Kids ‘N Kops
Keeping kids busy, productive and off the streets.
Right here in Truro and area there are over 50 kids waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister. Kids ‘n’ Kops provides some of these children with an opportunity to have fun and learn about law enforcement.
Sponsored by the Truro Police Service and the RCMP the 5 day program is run throughout March Break or during the summer. Mornings are run “academy style” where kids learn about policing. Ident, K-9 unit, Safety Presentations, Drug awareness programs, traffic services, fingerprinting, lock ups and other aspects of police work are reviewed by local “kops”. You may even see a police chopper land and take off! Afternoons are spent doing fun activities with police officers showing the kids the human side of policing. After a child has bowled, swam, or played lego with a “kop”…they tend to see them as their friend and develop a trust that may not have been there before. They build a good rapport with the officers and get a better understanding of what police work is all about. A graduation ceremony takes place on the final afternoon. It’s a win-win program that benefits everyone…kids, police and the community.
Kids must be enrolled in the Big Brother – Big Sister program to participate.
Special thanks to the RCMP and Truro Police Service for their outstanding partnership in this program.
Literacy for Littles
Literacy for Littles is a summer day camp program for children ages 6-8 enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters, who are matched or waiting for a BIg. This week-long program focuses on developing literacy skills through theme based learning. There are crafts, snacks and many books and stories to explore! Contact us at 895-4562 for more details.