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Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds

 "Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them."
- Lady Bird Johnson

At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada we believe in making a positive difference in the lives of young Canadian girls by teaching them core values, leadership and life skills, and above all else, to make a difference.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Go Girls! programGo Girls! is tasked with one single, most important goal; to positively shape the lives of young women and girls by helping them build a positive self-image and setting them on a path to reach their full potential.

Across the country, our mentors serve as role models and demonstrate to young girls from ages 12-14 the importance of physical activity, balanced eating and self-esteem, understandings of what constitutes as healthy eating habits, the importance of positive mental activity as well as offer guidance in establishing and maintaining friendships, all in a group setting.

Go Girls! consists of 7 mentoring sessions, held over a 7-10 week period, after school within school facilities and usually last for 1.5-2 hours.

According to multiple surveys conducted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada:

  • Girls with a mentor are two and a half times more likely than girls without a mentor to be confident in their ability to be successful at school.
  • 84 % reported that positive role models have proven to them that individuals can make a difference through their actions
  • 87 % of Canadians think that providing children and teenagers who bully others with a volunteer mentor is an effective intervention.
  • 42 % of bullied Canadians believe they would have benefited from having a volunteer mentor, such as a Big Sister or Big Brother, to provide support.

Check out our Go Girls! Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds Video below to see how one simple hour can make a BIG change in a child’s life.

If you think someone you know could benefit from the Go Girls! mentoring program click here for more information.

Interested in becoming a Go Girls! mentor, click here.

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