Start date: 14 August, 2016
End date: 1 June, 2017
The Environ-Mentoring Program is a group initiative whereby our "Bigs" (volunteers) and "Littles" attend a series of organized outings to provide opportunities to learn about nature, wildlife, and their surroundings. BBBSG has partnered with the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) to deliver this program in conjunction with our Big Bunch Group Mentoring Program.
Nature of the Project Reach
Currently, the Environ-Mentoring Program is available to the children and youth served by BBBSG, in the community of Guelph. We have recently been collaborating with other local BBBS agencies to offer them any open spots in the sessions as they become available. This allows us to provide the conservation programming to more children and broaden the reach of the program.
The goal of the Environ-Mentoring Program is to nurture an understanding of environmental and conservation issues in the youth participating in the program. Sadly, some youth face other dangers that seem more immediate than environmental concerns. The daily struggle of these marginalized children often includes dealing with poverty, drug abuse, school truancy, teenage pregnancy, and the like. These issues occupy more of the child's attention, and so they feel that they have no time to devote to global issues such as conservation. This is unfortunate because conservation education can foster a sense of responsibility in children, which helps them develop other useful skills such as leadership, confidence and communication. These skills in turn help them deal with the other problems that they face in their life.
We are always looking for new environmental education opportunities for our program participants, and we welcome the chance to increase the reach or scope of the Environ-Mentoring Program in the future.