Big Brothers needs Surrey mentors

Organization seeking 25 male and female volunteers.

Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver is looking for 25 people in the Surrey area to volunteer one hour each week on school grounds with a boy or girl.

Better known for the typical Big Brothers program, the charity is currently promoting their In-School Mentoring Program, a flexible volunteer opportunity with a minimal time commitment for both male and female mentors.

“Contrary to popular belief, Big Brothers doesn’t only offer programs to children without fathers,” explains Joanne Kautz-Allard, program director at Big Brothers. “Children today are faced with many challenges from low self-esteem to language barriers. The In-School Program is yet another way we can be a resource to kids who need some one-to-one time.”

Kautz-Allard is also quick to point out another misconception – that applicants to the program must be professionals or experienced with children. The fact is many volunteers are students or working people who simply don’t have the opportunity to interact with children in their personal lives. Big Brothers accepts volunteers from varying situations providing they are a minimum of 18 years old, pass a criminal record check and are eager to make a difference.

Striving to help at-risk children, Big Brothers has aggressive goals to prevent behaviors which will take children down a negative path in life. In 2011-12, its goal is to match 1,051 children with positive adult mentors. Those interested may visit

About Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver

Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver offers mentoring programs to at-risk children. The one-on-one friendships allow children the benefit of a positive role model. Operating the best known Big Brothers Program, as well as two in-school programs also involving women and girls, Big Brothers main focus is to create friendships that will build confidence and create possibilities for children.  There are estimates some 10,000 Lower Mainland children could benefit from a mentor.

Surrey North Delta Leader

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