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DreamCatcher Mentoring

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is excited to begin the development and expansion of the DreamCatcher Mentoring program across Canada. The DreamCatcher Mentoring (DCM) program was founded in 2005 by Josh Silvertown and Beverly Sembsmoen as a strategy to empower northern Canadian high school students to realize the rewards of staying in school. It was the first program of its kind with a unique strategy to bridge the education, cultural, communication and geographic gaps in Canada.

In August 2014, the DCM program was acquired by BBBSC with the dual-purpose goals of

  1. Expanding a foothold in Canada’s arctic to help Big Brother and Big Sister mentoring programs reach an underserved and isolated population of youth, and
  2. Expanding the delivery of the DCM program to a national level with supporting infrastructure and resources.

At this time, the program is offered in northern, remote and isolated regions of Canada. The program reaches different types of communities, including Aboriginal reserves, small predominantly Aboriginal communities (both First Nation and Inuit), and larger Northern centres like Whitehorse and Yellowknife. The program is offered for free to schools that express an interest in offering the program. It is primarily facilitated in partnership with local teaching staff, typically in career or life studies classes as part of course assignments or an extra option for students.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada hopes that this program will help northern and Aboriginal youth reach for their potential and equip them with skills and abilities to feel empowered to pursue their personal life goals.

Read more about the program on our DreamCatcher page >

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