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Big Brothers Big Sisters Acquires Go Girls Program

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is proud to announce the acquisition of an exciting new program called  "Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds". The program is designed to provide girls aged 12-14 with information to help them make informed choices about healthy active living and support them in dealing with the emotional, social, and cultural issues they may face. In addition, the program provides girls with the tools they need to implement this healthier and happier lifestyle.

Go Girls was started in 2001 by Ophea (Ontario Physical and Health Education Association).  In 2004, Ophea partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Ontario to deliver the Go Girls! program in nine communities.

Karen Shaver, BBBSC's V.P. of Agency Services explains the acquisition: "Ophea recognized that Go Girls! is an effective program that should be shared with girls across the country and that they were unable to do it alone.  The foundation of Go Girls! is mentoring and mentoring is what Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies do best.  By acquiring the program, we were able to ensure the sustainable delivery of Go Girls! to girls throughout Canada. "

Go Girls! is a mentor-lead, seven session program that incorporates fun, educational games and activities designed to stimulate self-reflection and group discussion. Each session addresses the topics of active living, balanced eating, and feeling good. Participants and mentors also complete a personal journal at the end of each session.

Key issues for girls participating in the program include:

  • Body Image
  • Self-Esteem
  • Healthy Eating
  • Physical Activity
  • Relationships

Where the program is available?

Contact your local Big Brother Big Sister agency to find out if the program is available in your community.  BBBSC will make the Go Girls! program resources available to all our agencies who will then determine if Go Girls! fits with their current menu of program offerings.

How can I find out more?

For more information on Go Girls! and other national programs, please contact Karen Shaver, V.P. of Agency Services at bbbsc.ca

How can my company sponsor a Go Girls! program in our community?

Contact Director of Marketing Melanie Snyder at bbbsc.ca


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