On December 19, 2011, the United Nations declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl—in
recognition of the unique challenges girls face around the world. This
is a day to highlight, discuss, celebrate and advance the lives and
opportunities of girls in our community.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto (BBBST) celebrates this day—every day—through our Go Girls!
curriculum-based group mentoring program, which runs in schools across the city. Go Girls! mentors
are role models who instill the importance of a self-led healthy active
lifestyle by offering mentorship that focuses on physical activity,
healthy eating, wellness, and being safe.
“There are many things that we discuss in the Go Girls!
program,” says Sarah Ubbi, Go Girls!
Coordinator at BBBST. “We touch upon a vast number of topics, from
self-esteem, body image, and self-respect to healthy relationships,
recognizing one’s strengths, and appreciating difference amongst
She goes on to explain what happened during a recent Go Girls!
session. “The girls and myself touched upon a topic of concern. We
addressed the idea that girls need to dress and look a certain way in
order for them to develop relationships with boys. We then talked about
the effects of media on young people and came to the conclusion that
even though the media represents what is ‘popular’ we need to focus on
what makes us happy, what represents us as individuals, and how WE want
to represent ourselves.”
The results of Go Girls! has been incredible. In 2012, Go Girls! impacted the lives of 269 girls, ages 10 to 14 in Toronto. By engaging
in weekly mentoring sessions with other girls during the lunch hour or
after school, young people’s confidence and self-esteem improves, and
they learn more about the impact of good nutrition and exercise. Many
school liaisons have noticed a difference in the participants’
behaviour, reporting that students more actively participate in sports
at recess and during physical activity lessons, and are more socially
Go Girls! gives girls the courage to make tough
decisions, the self-esteem to make smart choices and the confidence to
be true to themselves.
| || || || || ||If you would like to learn more about becoming a mentor or donating to the Go Girls! mentoring program, we welcome your questions. You can apply now or contact us.|