All young people realize their potential.
Enable life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people.
March 2020, as for all organizations and social movements, individuals and families, the Coronavirus crisis shook everyone’s lives. We established a crisis unit, had our team telework, stopped in-person mentoring meetings, and unfortunately had to make a few temporary layoffs. We had to rethink our practices and ensure that children and mentors continue to see each other, notably to minimize the negative impacts of this global pandemic. The upcoming year will be filled with major changes for the organization, in terms of programs, clinical practices and the development of new work organization skills.
Mentoring in the community
Community Mentoring Services consists of creating safe and healthy mentoring relationships for youth aged 6 to 21 years old in Greater Montreal who face exclusion or adversity and wish to benefit from having an additional significant adult in their lives.
“Her Big Sister is very empowering. She encourages my daughter and reminds her how important it is to be a proud, strong woman. She is an incredible role model.” - Lea’s mother
In-School Mentoring is a one-on-one mentoring program offered to students attending our partner elementary schools.
“With his Big Sister, my son creates memories, learns how to behave in various situations. We witness a great friendship between them.” - William’s mother
The trusting relationship growing between the youth and their tutor increases their motivation - a key condition for the academic perseverance of the child. After completing their work, they can participate in educational activities together, such as reading and play board games.
“My tutor’s great. She makes homework look cool. It helps me understand and stay focused.” — Emma
These group workshops, facilitated by our caseworkers, are designed to raise awareness of the various social problems encountered in their daily lives. They are available to youths in several English and French high schools in Montreal.
26 workshops on the following themes: Stress Management - Cyberbullying - Communication Conflict Resolution - Self-esteem - Healthy Relationships
This year, BBBS of Greater Montreal had the pleasure of collaborating with Mathieu Fortin and Jean Christophe Pilon, MBA graduates from HEC Montréal, to offer a group of youths paired with mentors a series of seven 2-hour workshops designed to stimulate entrepreneurship and develop social and interpersonal skills.
“Through this program, my Little Brother has acquired several tools to assist him about the way the world works and how he can fit into it. He seems very motivated by the discoveries they make as a group week after week.” Alexandre
Major Fundraising Campaign
BBBS of Greater Montreal is pursuing its main objectives and hopes to support more youth in the Greater Montreal area through youth mentoring programs.
Thanks to the efforts of the philanthropic committee, new businesses joined the cause and agreed to donate to various BBBS of Greater Montreal’s projects.