Ottawa, ON — Big Brothers Big Sisters is thrilled to host youths from all over Canada to participate in the second annual YOUth in Office: Job Shadowing Day on Parliament Hill on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
Forty young people aged 14 to 24 will get a chance to learn about career opportunities from Members of Parliament (MPs) and Hill staffers. The youth and MPs will spend the day together as part of a joint initiative to inspire young people about the working world and some of the job options associated with politics and government in Canada and to educate MPs about the value and benefits of mentoring in our communities.
“I participated last year, and it was great to get the chance to see how government works,” says Karine from Cornwall, Youth Representative for Big Brothers Big Sisters for this event. “It may inspire one of our youth to get a job in government or at least have a better understanding of how the government works.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters estimates that over 1 million youth in Canada are at risk of falling behind by making poor life choices and not reaching their full potential. Recent research has shown that mentoring has a positive impact on the life of a youth and can result in safer and stronger communities as a result.
- Girls with a Big Sister were four times less likely to bully, fight, lie or express anger than girls without a mentor
- Mentored boys are two times more likely to believe that school is fun and that doing well academically is important.
- 98% of adults who had a mentor as a youth believe they make good life choices
“We are proud to offer our youth the opportunity to learn more about working in a political environment and to see democracy in action,” says Jim Boone, Executive Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa. “It broadens the youths’ perspective but also gives us an opportunity to demonstrate firsthand the value and benefits of mentoring.”
According to a recent Boston Consulting Group survey, for every dollar invested in Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring, society gets back $18 in return.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is especially grateful to all the MPs who have agreed to accompany our youth on this day. “Mentoring helps youth succeed, give back and thrive,” adds Boone. “The impact for these young people is immeasurable and will be felt across the country.”