RBC Foundation, the philanthropic arm of RBC Financial Group, has generously supported Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada as well as many of our local agencies for several years.
In 2013 RBC Foundation announced a three-year commitment to assist in the development of a new program for newcomer Canadian youth called "Conversation Club". The program was originally created by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel.
Conversation Club gently invites youth of many origins to participate in a comfortable, tolerant atmosphere where subjects of importance – even sensitive topics that cannot be discussed easily at home -- can be discussed openly. Naturalized ‘mentors’ are carefully matched together with newcomer youth, and the result is an inclusive, and powerfully non-judgmental group mentorship program.
Together with critical founding support from the RBC Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel, to study and develop their program such that it may be brought forward for the benefit of other agencies across Canada.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is proud of our partnership with RBC Foundation and its tremendous support of youth mentoring.
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