Between Generations Mentoring - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saint John (Charlotte & Kings)
Start date: 13 March, 2017
End date: 29 December, 2017
The Between Generations Mentoring Program is a rewarding school/site-based mentoring program that matches caring adult volunteers 55 years and older with local elementary school children aged 6 -12. Volunteer Mentors (no special skills required, just a desire to be a friend to a child) are matched 1:1 with an elementary school-aged child throughout the school year and meet once a week. Depending on the location, matches meet at the school or in a partner Senior’s home, during school hours and participate in fun based activities such as crafts, games, baking, or shooting baskets.
Matches meet with each other for one hour and participate in a shared, enjoyable activity. The opportunity to connect with other 1:1 matches in a group environment enhances the experience for both Mentor and Mentee. Matches meet during the school year from September to June. With on-site support and a bin full of supplies provided, the program is flexible and is a great way to have fun. All activities are supervised by the staff of Big Brothers Big Sisters and each participant will receive child safety training prior to participation.
Nature of the Project Reach
Students and Seniors in Saint John, Kings and Charlotte Counties in New Brunswick.
- Develop 4 school/senior's home partnerships to offer this program
- Match a minimum of 20 children with older adults
- support a generation of young people who are resilient and feel connected to adults as they journey to adulthood
- provide girls and boys in Grades 1-6 with a role model and friend to talk to and share their experiences with
- provide opportunities for students to benefit from the program by developing enhanced self-esteem, confidence, interpersonal and social skills
- Positively impact school performance and long-term education which leads to an increased enjoyment of school
- provide older adults with the opportunity to play a very important role in their community
- provide a chance to engage with children in a learning process while enjoying in fun activities
- provide older adults with the opportunity to build rewarding relationships with children
- provide older adults with opportunities to network with other volunteer mentors
- ultimately enhance the collective well-being of seniors and the vitality of their community
- volunteer mentors needed - transportation for students or seniors (depending on program site) - games/toys/supplies for activity boxes