Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) creates individual and group mentoring relationships amongst adults (‘Big Brothers’ or ‘Big Sisters’) and youth (‘Little Brothers’ or ‘Little Sisters’). BBBS has a comprehensive infrastructure for supporting mentorship partnerships, which includes detailed legal screening of mentors to ensure child safety, a broad network of professional staff supporting mentors and volunteers, and complete systems for selecting, approving and supporting volunteers and referring families to agencies that provide other services if required for the mentee and their family.
A thorough recruitment and screening process combined with intensive training guarantees successful matchings between mentors and mentees. Even though the program provides mentorship to ‘Littles’ until they turn 18, the relationship they’ve built with their ‘Bigs’ lasts beyond their time with BBBS.
Learn more about
Tricia Schmuland, Drew Pierson,
Mary Tucker and
Scott Harris, members of Morguard’s teams in Canada and the United States, who have been actively involved with BBBS’s mentorship program.
Community Manager, Verandah
Valley Ranch, Irving, Texas, United States
Drew comes from a large family and always knew he wanted to be a parent and a positive influence in the lives of children. After two years with BBBS as a ‘Big Brother’, he gained the experience required to become a foster parent – a dream of his that would have been impossible to achieve if he hadn’t joined BBBS.
Having seen the benefits that a ‘Big’ could bring to a ‘Little’, Drew immediately signed his daughter Courtney up to become a ‘Little Sister’ so she could have a strong female figure in her life. When Courtney was matched with B, her ‘Big Sister’, they immediately got along. They often go together to sporting events, museums, back-to-school fairs and concerts.
When Drew was approached to talk about his experience with BBBS, he was quick to accept in the hopes of sharing the incredible impact that being a ‘Big’ can have on the life of a ‘Little.’ The emphasis in BBBS and BeYou on being yourself really resonates with his family. Drew hopes that more people participate in the program to help encourage youth to have confidence and take pride in who they are.
Making a difference in the life of a ‘Little’ is something everyone can do. If you’d like to make a difference in someone’s life, visit
https://bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/find-agency-near/ to find your match.