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Is Mentoring For You?

Volunteer Orientation
Thinking about being a mentor and want to know if it's the right thing for you? This module will help you understand what to expect.


Resources for Volunteer Mentors

As a volunteer mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters, you have made a commitment to develop a trusting, supportive friendship with a child or youth. Mentoring with Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a unique opportunity to make a positive difference in the life of a child or youth. It also comes with important responsibilities with regard to their safety and welfare.

These resources are intended to complement the training and support you receive from program staff at your local agency. They provide guidance, information and tips to help ensure the safety and well-being of your Little Brother or Little Sister and contribute toward a healthy, committed and meaningful friendship for both you and your mentee. We encourage you to talk with your program staff about the issues and ideas raised in these resources.


Decision Making
You and your mentee will be faced with many decisions and opportunities. Here, you’ll find guidance on how to make child-focused, ethical decisions in different mentoring situations.

Talking About Smoking
Research has shown that starting smoking during adolescence can lead to lifelong health consequences. As trust and respect develop between you and your mentee, you may find yourself in an ideal position to help them make healthy choices.

Resilience: A Practical Guide for Mentors
Check out these relatively simple yet very important ways to enhance your mentee’s self esteem and support their ability to cope with life’s challenges and opportunities.

Motivation, Expectations & Approach 
What motivated you to volunteer? Is being a mentor what you expected? Dive into this module for some great ideas and scenarios.

A relationship problem that requires relationship solutions, bullying is a type of abuse that can take different forms at different ages. You’ll find helpful information and useful links in this section.


The volunteer training modules are developed by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, member agencies, and research partners for use by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada in the provision of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada mentoring programs. They are one component of a comprehensive service delivery system of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. The modules reflect Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada’s commitment to deliver quality professional services to children and youth in the mentoring programs they provide. The modules are provided for general information and use only and are subject to change without notice. To the maximum extent permitted by law, the modules are provided "as is" without any representations, warranties or conditions of any kind, whether written, oral, express, implied, statutory, or collateral, including without limitation regarding accuracy, completeness, currency, or suitability for any non- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada purpose.