Did you know that there are elementary students right here in Lethbridge that are in need of a mentor? Did you know that you, as a high school student, can make a difference in a child’s life in only one hour a week? The answers are yes there is and yes you can! There is a wonderful organization that matches kids up with teens who act as role models. The organization is trying to make sure every child who needs a mentor has one. Big Brothers Big Sisters has a youth mentoring program that allows elementary students to be paired with high school students. The mentoring takes place during our flex time once a week. Big Brothers Big Sisters is an amazing program dedicated to making meaningful experiences, a difference in children’s lives, and invites any and all high school kids to make the commitment.
BBBS (also known as Big Brothers Big Sisters) makes meaningful experiences through planning games for the mentor and mentee to do together. The mentor and mentee have 15 sessions together during which they work to build a friendship and have fun. These sessions are held at either Children of Saint Martha’s school or École Saint Mary’s, so no matter what campus you are on, you can find a way to help. During the sessions you eat lunch with your little and do an activity. The activities change weekly and range from bingo to charades to decorating pumpkins. The activities allow you to interact with your little and build a lasting relationship. Over these 15 sessions you learn not only about your mentee but also a lot about yourself. You learn that there are simple things you can do every day to make a difference in your little’s life, or really, in anyone’s life. You learn that our time and listening are great gifts we have to give to others.
Big Brothers Big Sisters takes children who are in need of a mentor in one way or another and matches them with the best mentor. The program is trying to provide a role model and a friend for girls and boys, promote the importance of staying in school and healthy relationships with the people around them, and build trust and self-confidence in order to make healthy decisions, encourage leadership skills and independent thinking. The program shows and continues to show that students who are in the program make positive changes, have increased self-esteem and confidence, and have stayed in school longer than those who are not mentored. Big Brothers Big Sisters make an environment where kids feel safe to express themselves and fully discover who they are. Does this sound like something you want to be a part of? You can become a part of it too!
To become involved in BBBS you can talk to Mrs. Kroker or call the BBBS office at 403-328-9355. This year’s sessions will be completed in April. If you are graduating you can become a Big Brother or Big Sister with a child that is not through our school program. If you are still going to CCH, then you can join the in-school mentoring. Teen mentoring is a fun and easy way to make meaningful relationships, make a difference in a child’s life, and get involved in the community!
Kaitlyn Stolte is a Grade Ten student at CCH. She loves horseback riding and writing poetry. Her favourite thing about CCH is that classes are three hours long.