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 New Program for a New Season

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grande Prairie and Area has launched a new small group format community-based mentoring program called Little Bunch.

Little Bunch groups have 1-2 mentors spending time with their mentees on a bi-weekly basis doing activities based on a chosen theme.  The program duration is 4 months and is reserved for those children and youth on the wait list for a 1:1 mentoring relationship.

This new program allows prospective volunteers to have increased flexibility in making a commitment to the agency as they look to mentor a child or youth.  Further details on the program are available by making an inquiry with one of the staff members at 780-532-0620.

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 Big Brothers Big Sisters Day 2017

September 18, 2017 is Big Brothers Big Sisters day across Canada.  The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grande Prairie and Area is celebrating with a cake at the Prairie Mall.  The agency is happy to have the support of Best Buy Grande Prairie who will have some of their staff wearing purple Big Brothers Big Sisters shirts in store.  In addition, area schools have been asked to share with their students to wear purple on the 18th.

Need for Mentors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grande Prairie and Area  needs mentors to serve the children on our wait list.  We have 5 mentoring programs for people to volunteer within and each has a varied degree of time commitment and duration.

The staff encourages you to call or e-mail and inquire about volunteering options that could be just the right fit for you!

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 be you! Campaign at Prairie Mall

The Be You campaign starts September 18, 2017 at Prairie Mall.  Be You was created Morguard to increase self-esteem and empower females aged 9-16 across Canada.  Be You gives young girls access to personal development tools, while celebrating their growth, diversity, and self-worth.  The program is offered in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada.

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 KMSC Law Golf Event coming July 23 - 25

KMSC's event benefits several not-for-profit organizations in the Grande Prairie area, including Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Our agency is selling passports to participate in the event.  They can be purchased by contacting our Executive Director, Suzette Fowler.

Suzette can be reached at:  (780) 532-0620 or suzette.fowler@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca.

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 A BIG Event, A BIG Success!

On April 9th, 2017 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grande Prairie and Area held the 2nd Annual Curl for Kids Sake event and fundraiser.  34 teams came out to have some fun and give curling a try, all while raising funds for a great cause.  The agency's goal was to raise $15,000 this year and that goal was achieved with the event bringing in $15,007.35!

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this event a successful one.  Our agency hopes to see many of you next April when the 3rd Annual Curl for Kids Sake takes place.

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 Mentoring Success Stories

Image Design partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grande Prairie and Area and developed the following article which details a success story from two agency Big Brother matches.  To read the article, please click here.

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 Ultimate Escape 2017

Thank you to each of our guests, case winners, high bidders, and volunteers.  You helped to make this night a BIG success.  Special thanks to Alberta North Auctions, GP Roller Derby & Flat City Swing.  The funds raised came in at over $104,000.  All funds stay in the community and go directly toward our mentoring programs.

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#MentoringMatters

This September, our agency wants to hear from you! If you have ever thought about becoming a mentor to a child or youth, have questions about what exactly that means or if you would like to support us in another way - now is the time for action. Celebrate #BBBSmonth by becoming a BIG deal to a Little Brother or Little Sister in our community.

   
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Summer Block Party Success

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Big Brothers Big Sisters booth at the 2Day FM End of Summer Block Party.  It was nice to have a lot of people inquire about volunteering or getting their child(ren) involved in a mentoring program.  We were happy to offer 'Lemonade for Littles' at our booth.  A BIG thank you to the Alpine Water Store for donating the water used to make the great tasting lemonade!

   

WestJet Cares for Kids

BBBS Youth Opportunity

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and WestJet Cares for Kids are proud to present BBBS youth across Canada with the opportunity to be a WestJetter for a day on September 30, 2016.

This initiative gives BBBS youth the opportunity to be mentored by a WestJetter in various lines of business and to learn more about the aviation industry.

BBBS youth of BBBS Grande Prairie and Area are invited to contact the agency for further information.

   
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Wish List

There are many ways to help us meet the needs of our clients, one of them is contributing something that is on the agency Wish List.

In-Kind Food Donations
bottled water, healthy snacks, gift cards to grocery stores

Arts & Crafts and Sports, ISM Activity Kit Items
board games, card games, arts and crafts supplies, soccer balls, footballs, basketballs, Grande Prairie Storm tickets, GPRC sporting event tickets, Cineplex movie tickets, Lego sets

Office Supplies
copy paper, brochure/literature stands, small and mid size organizational bins

   

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Did You Know?

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grande Prairie and Area is a proud community partner of United Way Alberta Northwest, Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta and Family and Community Support Services. Thank you for your continued support!

   

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Are you between the ages of 18 to 35?
Interested in physical activity, healthy eating and mentoring?

For those volunteers who only have a short time they can commit (7-8 weeks), Go Girls! or Game On group mentoring programs are great opportunities.

About Game On

Game On provides a group of boys ages 11 to 14 with information to make informed choices about living health lifestyles. Game On includes seven 75-minute core sessions where participants do fun activities, eat healthy snacks and talk about growing up. Game On sessions take place after school hours.

About Go Girls!

Go Girls is a group mentoring program for girls ages 12 to 14. The program is held over seven 90-minute sessions after school or in the evening. The goal of Go Girls is to provide young women and girls with tools and support through a mentoring relationship to make informed choices about active living, balanced eating and positive self-esteem.

Group programs will be running throughout the school year. Please contact Mentoring Coordinator Kailee Kirkland for more information.

   
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Go Back to School and Help a Child Go Forward

The In School Mentoring program wrapped up for another year this June.  Mentees and mentors met for one hour a week at the mentee’s school. During their time together they could play games, bake, make crafts, play sports, or just talk. Lasting friendships and great memories are made over the course of the school year!

If you only have one hour a week to share with a mentee, consider becoming an In School Mentor. This program starts up each year in September at local elementary schools. Please contact Denine Rodger if you are interested in more information about In-School Mentoring (adults 18+) or Teen In-School Mentoring programs.

   
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