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Your Dollars at Work: The Match Process

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BBBST’s service delivery department is staffed by professional caseworkers with a formal background in social work and social services. These caseworkers are responsible for screening, training, matching and supervising well over 1000 volunteers every year. Each staff member has a caseload of at least 80 Big-Little matches in addition to mentoring groups that they train and monitor on a regular basis.

Matching a child with a mentor is an intensive process that is dictated by strict standards of child welfare and safety. A tremendous amount of care and professionalism is taken to ensure that our matches last as long as possible; at the very least one year for the discrete process of high quality and high impact mentoring to begin. 

The average match length at BBBST is three years.

A Gift of Mentorship Lasts a Lifetime

Unlocking a child’s true potential creates a future where anything is possible. Founded in 1913, BBBST has been making a positive difference in the lives of young people through mentoring for over a century.

Studies show that children who have the support of a mentor are instilled with more confidence, are more likely to develop positive relationships, do well at school, and end up giving back to their community in similar ways. Preliminary results from a 2012 study conducted by Centre for Addiction and Mental Health shows mentored youth are:

  • 48% less likely to have behaviour problems at school
  • 34% less likely to allow themselves to be bullied or victimized by peers.
  • 2 times as likely to achieve academically
  • 2.5 times as likely to participate in extra-curricular activities.

Mentoring changes the course of young lives – which in turn changes communities. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto believes that every child should be given the opportunity to reach his or her full potential, and that by doing so, they will not only do well, they will also do good.

Many of the young people who come through our doors have experienced hardship, and have a difficult time believing that there is a way out for them. Our role within the community is to create long-term mentoring relationships that support and guide our young people towards new opportunities and a positive future they otherwise may not have.

The power of mentoring should never be underestimated. Your investment allows Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto to facilitate life-changing relationships which help a child flourish into a confident and motivated young adult. An investment in mentoring is an investment in your community, and in our young leaders of tomorrow.

Give today to inspire a child to reach their full potential, and help us start something big.

Give the gift of mentoring please donate now.

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