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McGuinty Government Supports Big Brothers Big Sisters

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.

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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.

Bruce and Minister

"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.
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    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.