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_K7A0105Trent’s parents passed away and he went to live with Grandma. Loss, change and poverty created an environment where it was easy for Trent to give into negative influences around him. Grandma brought him to a community Club run by Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters and after spending a few years in a mentoring program learning to trust the volunteers and staff, Trent has taken complete responsibility for making his future brighter. He has become a positive mentor for younger kids and was able to say no when his old friends pressured him to return to criminal activities. Trent now knows he can be a good man and be a role model to those less fortunate. He knows he can become a success because people like you care enough to ensure kids like him have caring adults and safe places to turn.

What would happen if we worked together to make sure all kids succeed?

Their opportunity to get there doesn’t rest with parents and caregivers alone; teachers, employers, coaches, peers, mentors, neighbours and community members all have a role to play in supporting healthy and responsible young people.

IMG_3453Mentoring and after school programs are a part of how we get there.

Nearly 5,000 kids receive support by participating in Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area programs. The heart of our programs are safe places and caring mentoring relationships. We know that with a bit of extra support kids can improve their reading skills, learn healthy lifestyles, develop pride in our community, and grow friendships.  Our staff and volunteers work tireless to help instill confidence in our youth, help them create a sense of self-worth, and help them see and reach their full potential.

Your support helps us get there. The Dream Home and Win50 Lottery delivers nearly 20% of our annual budget. We thank you sincerely for your past support. Your ticket purchase helps us create a community of hopeful young people.

Find out more at bgcbigs.ca or 780.424.8181!

Some Stats*:

  • Girls with a Big Sister are two and a half times more likely than girls without a mentor to be confident in their ability to be successful at school
  • Boys with a Big Brother are three times less likely than boys without a mentor to suffer peer pressure related anxiety, such as worrying about what other children think or say about them
  • Mentored boys are two times more likely to believe that school is fun and that doing well academically is important.
  • Mentored boys are also two times less likely than non-mentored boys to develop negative conducts like bullying, fighting, lying, cheating, losing their temper or expressing anger
  • 93% of kids who were part of Boys & Girls Clubs credit a particular staff member for developing, helping and supporting them
  • Neighbourhood crime is reduced by 60% over a year and a half period by improving the quality of life in a high-risk neighbourhood through free recreational activities for young people and more jobs for youth
  • A dollar spent on enriching child care saves $17 in criminal justice costs.
  • Helping children gain life skills early on “can prevent aggression, reduce involvement in violence, improve social skills, boost educational achievement and improve job prospects” – benefits that have the potential to last into adulthood

* Positive choices, a better future. Creating Healthy Alternatives for Youth.
*National Research Study on Mentoring by McMaster University