PRISM Mentor for LGBTTQ2IA* Youth

Organization Details
Organization Name: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg
Address: 532 Ellice Avenue
Winnipeg MB  R3B 1Z2
Website: http://www.bigwinnipeg.com/en/Home/default.aspx
Organizational Description: As Canada's leading child and youth mentoring charity, Big Brothers Big Sisters facilitates life-changing relationships that inspire and empower children and youth to reach their potential, both as individuals and citizens.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Description of Duties: PRISM is an innovative mentoring program designed specifically for the LGBTTQ2IA* community in Winnipeg.

The first of its kind in Manitoba, the PRISM program matches children and youth who identify as LGBTTQ2IA* with an adult mentor who also identifies as LGBTTQ2IA* for a one on one mentoring relationship. Through regular outings, the match will foster a friendship that is supportive, empowering and fun!

The PRISM program requires volunteers to commit to one outing per week, for a couple of hours. Mentors and mentees are asked to commit for a minimum of one year.

The purpose of a PRISM match is to:

- Provide role models for LGBTTQ2IA* children and youth
- Foster pride and self-confidence
- Create inter-generational connections within Winnipeg's LGBTTQ2IA* community
- Offer LGBTTQ2IA* children and youth a safe adult mentor to discuss identity with
- and above all, have fun!

Children and youth interested in being matched with a mentor must:

- Self identify as LGBTTQ2IA*
- Be between 9 and 17 years old
- Want a mentor who identifies as LGBTTQ2IA*

The LGBTTQ2IA* community has a rich legacy of forging informal mentoring networks as a mode of survival. Today, the community has made great strides, yet LGBTTQ2IA* youth continue to face barriers. Research shows that formal mentoring programs are a powerful, protective factor for this demographic as they develop their own unique sense of self.

Volunteer mentors are extensively screened and properly trained before they are matched. Each match receives the ongoing support of a professional caseworker through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg.
Skills Required: Identify as LGBTTQ2IA*
Be 18 years old or above
Provide a satisfactory criminal record check with vulnerable sector clearance
Provide three or four satisfactory references
Respect the confidential nature of our services and sign a confidentiality agreement
Complete in person training
Be able to build a developmental relationship with a child or youth
Be trustworthy, energetic, mature, stable, reliable, accepting, patient, caring and respectful of others
Be supportive and non-judgmental in your interactions with children and youth
Promote the welfare and safety of the child or youth
Act with integrity
Be comfortable with the Big Brother Big Sister of Winnipeg's core values, policies and procedures
Skills Gained/Related Careers:
Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment: Evening, Weekend
2 to 4 hours per week in the evenings or weekends for a minimum commitment of one year.
Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? No
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? Yes
Opportunity is available to candidates that: General Populace
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
Supervision
Training/Orientation
By request
How to Apply: Email: bbbswpg@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca
Phone: 204-988-9200
Online: winnipeg.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/volunteer/
Closing Date: Apr 30, 2020
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