Mentor (for Short-Term Programming - Storybook)

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: Established in 1969, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg is a registered charity located on Treaty One Territory in the heart of Downtown Winnipeg. For over 50 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg has facilitated youth mentoring programs that inspire and power children and youth to reach their potential, both as individuals and citizens.

Our individual (one-on-one) and group mentoring programs provide youth with a mentor, friend, and role model, establishing a unique and life-changing relationship. In turn, youth develop their minds to overcome adversities such as detrimental living conditions, family violence, declining mental health, school issues and identity challenges.

With the guidance and support of a mentor, these risks can be reduced or even avoided, and youth are%u202Freminded they can be anything they dream of being.

We are a part of a nationally recognized Federation comprised of 95 member agencies servicing more than 1,100 communities across Canada. Together, we mobilize over 21,300 volunteers who, in turn, mentor 41,700+ children and young people. That is roughly 2.2 million volunteer hours recorded each year.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Description of Duties: Nervous about making a commitment to long-term mentoring? Don't have specific or significant experience working with youth? Our short term programs involve participating in an 8-week agency-based program at our office, where you will receive additional support as you grow your experience in mentoring.

Storybook is a short-term mentoring program where "everyone's story matters". This short-term program is for volunteers to help youth be creative, self-reflective, and become the author of their own story. Youth may take part in the program once, consecutively, or while they wait for a long term match.

Over 8 sessions, mentors will help mentees author and illustrate a strength-based story about themselves. Matches will learn about the elements of a story (character, plot, timeline) and illustrate parts of the story with hand-made/drawn art. Our staff will then publish a copy of the book for the youth to keep as they grow up.
Skills Required: Be 18 years old or above
Work cooperatively with staff in planning/coordinating activities
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
The ability to be creative and flexible in establishing activities with 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
Be comfortable with the Big Brother Big Sister of Winnipeg's core values, policies and procedures
Skills Gained/Related Careers: Improve experience surrounding youth mentorship and engagement

Gain experience and expand knowledge of child development, tutoring, and youth/adult collaboration

Satisfaction of contributing to the improvement of child/youth quality of life

Acquire experience related to career goals such as social work, education, health care, and social sciences.
Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment: Evening, Weekend
Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? Yes
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
How to Apply: Email: bbbswpg@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca
Online: winnipeg.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/volunteer/
Closing Date: Dec 31, 2022
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