On January 17, Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrates the universal power of mentoring on International Mentoring Day.

International Mentoring Day is a day of worldwide conversation on social media to share photos, videos, and messages of mentoring stories. You can celebrate the global impact of mentoring with us! Please share your story and mention @BBBSC and #MentoringMonth on social media.

Global Impact of Youth Mentoring in Canada

Youth mentoring contributes to Canada’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by ensuring that we “leave no one behind.”

According to the Government of Canada, more than three million Canadians struggle to meet their basic needs. Young people are more likely to face poverty, identity-based discrimination, and social exclusion. Big Brothers Big Sisters supports these youth by providing them with the essential support and guidance of a mentor. Youth with mentors are more likely to do better in school, find work, and give back to society.

These supportive relationships are especially impactful for youth who experience marginalization, such as Indigenous youth, LGBTQ youth, and youth with disabilities or exceptionalities.

As our society changes, young people’s needs and experiences with mentoring evolve as well. With the support of BMO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is developing a Pan-Canadian Mentoring Partnership to address gaps in mentoring for youth.

You Can Join the Global Mentoring Movement – Get Involved in Your Community!

For Mentoring Month, you can create opportunities for youth:

  • Volunteer to become a mentor by contacting Big Brothers Big Sisters in your community.
  • Share your mentoring story and tag us on (@BBBSC) on social media!
  • Don’t have time to volunteer? You can make a donation to ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential.