667 young Canadians in Halton need a mentor and are currently waiting to be matched with a caring adult in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs across Halton.  There is an urgent need for more volunteers.

While mentors from all regions and cultural backgrounds across the gender spectrum are needed, the demand for male volunteers is especially high. Volunteering for only one hour a week can change the course of a young life.

“Many young Canadians struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives like detrimental living conditions and family violence, mental health and school issues as well as identity challenges,” said Sandra Baker, Executive Director. “Simply having someone who listens and encourages them, youth can transform into confident and motivated young people and, more importantly, break cycles of poverty and crime and curb the development of mental health issues.”

The two-way, back and forth relationship between a mentor and mentee positively impacts brain development and equips youth with the skills needed to deal with adversities and stress they face in a complicated world.

Youth who have been mentored through Big Brothers Big Sisters programming are 17% more likely to be gainfully employed as adults and they earn 13% more on average in those jobs, resulting in $315,000 of increased earnings over their career.

They also have stronger social networks and report being happier and more confident.

 

 

Media contact:

Sandra Baker
Executive Director
Big Brothers Big Sisters Halton
1-905-339-2355 x 235

sandra.baker@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca