An additional 3,000 students who are struggling or at risk of dropping out will now have access to adult role models in their schools.
A $1.5-million government investment will help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada provide these students with in-school mentors.
Minister Wynne chats with
Little Brother Tyrone & Big Brother Bryce
at the media announcment which
took place in the library at
Lord Dufferin Jr & Sr PS in Toronto
To further help students succeed, the province is also providing an additional $2.75 million to the following community organizations who provide youth with customized and engaging learning opportunities:
- Boys 2 Men (Cabbagetown Youth Centre)
- Ontario Educational Leadership Centre
- Jane/Finch Caring Village
- Family Service Association
- Change your Future
- Frontier College.
|"We know that students who have caring adults in their life are better engaged and achieve better results," said Education Minister Kathleen Wynne. |
|"When we share a little magic with our youth, the impact lasts a lifetime," |
said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada President and CEO Bruce MacDonald.
For more than 90 years, the Big Brothers Big Sisters program has made a difference in the lives of young people by providing a friend where one is needed.
- In Ontario, there are more than 13,000 youth being served in over 400 communities through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
- Research has shown that a connection to a caring adult is an essential part of student engagement.
Minister Wynne talks with a
Big and Little Sister about the
kinds of things they do together
- The target for Ontario's graduation rate is 85 per cent. In 2006-07, the rate was 75 per cent up from 68 per cent in 2003-04.
Contact your local agency to become a Big Brother or Big Sister.
Improving outcomes for all students is part of the government's Student Success Strategy.