All young people realize their potential
Enable life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people.
After over a year of living in this strange, unsettling and necessarily innovative period, BBBSGM notes that it has managed to maintain the organization’s momentum. With schools essentially closed for a good part of the year, mentoring services have been deployed without geographical restrictions. Of course, tele-work and social distancing measures have had effects that we could foresee and anticipate on the delivery of services, on the organization of work, on the volunteers themselves, but especially on the youth.
It appears that 41.9% of BBBS youth had regular contact with their mentors since the beginning of the pandemic. Youth who had regular contact with their mentors reported feeling more supported, and that these people helped them feel less isolated and less worried or anxious. Youth who had more contact with their mentors had fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety than youth who had no contact with them during the pandemic.
These results are a strong indication that the BBBS mentoring program is helping youth at a time of unprecedented stress in history. This is particularly important from the perspective of preventing what some are calling the “fourth wave” of mental health problems.
Community mentoring services are about creating safe and healthy mentoring relationships for youth aged 6 to 21 in the Greater Montreal area at risk of exclusion or exposed to adversity and wish to benefit from the presence of an additional significant adult in their lives.
The In-School Mentoring Program, offered in partnership with elementary schools in Montreal, provides a youth with a mentor with whom they can develop a meaningful relationship and share fun activities for the entire school year. Typically offered on-site at the youth’s school, the program has been adapted for the 2020-2021 school year to provide virtual meetings, to ensure the safety of the participants, while respecting the sanitary measures in place. By sharing daily fun activities, the mentor helps the youth build trust, stay in school and develop self-confidence within their environment.
PROFILE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES SERVED
Male : 63%
Female : 37%
- 80% SINGLE PARENT
- 14% BIPARENTAL
- 2% BLENDED
- 2% LEGAL GUARDIANS
- 0.5% LGBTQ2+ PARENTING
- 0.5% FOSTER HOMES
10% South Shore
7% North Shore
Risk Factor Registry
To better understand the profile of youth and families, BBBSGM has adopted a risk factor registry adapted from studies of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). These studies explore the damage of toxic stress on children and describe the impacts of these experiences on brain development as well as long-term consequences on overall development. The greater and longer the exposure to these adversities, the greater the risk that youth will experience health and social problems as adults. In the absence of adequate support and resources to deal with these issues, a youth who has had four or more of these experiences is considered to be at “high risk” in their adult life.
38% of youth served are considered very-high risk
BBBSGM therefore insists that an additional meaningful mentoring relationship in the lives of young people is important to reduce the impact of these risk factors and promote healthy development.
Major Gifts Program
Without much surprise, the COVID-19 year brought its share of financial challenges.
Thanks to the mobilization of the BBBSGM network and the generosity of our partners, the major gifts program allowed us to finish the year with a positive financial balance.
Major gift results $306 000
In September 2020, the BBBSGM organization participated in a provincial socio-financing campaign regrouping the 13 BBBS organizations of Quebec. The donations collected were doubled by the governmental program “Fonds Mille et UN”. This fundraising activity, as well as two other activities during the year, allowed us to raise significant amounts of money.
Campaign results $35 000
BBBSGM Scholarship Program
For the second year in a row, and thanks to the generosity of donors, nearly $14 000 was awarded to seven youths at the college or university level for the year 2020-2021.