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BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS IGNITESYOUTH POTENTIALOF CANADA

WE NEED TO STEP UP FOR YOUNG PEOPLEHundreds of thousands of youth in Canada are facingadversities in their lives.When exposed to adversities such as violence,poverty, or crime in the home or the community,identity challenges, or mental health issues,these young people risk not having theopportunity to realize their full potential.This can lead to continuing cycles of poverty,crime, drug use, and unhealthy living. Thesecosts are borne by the young person, and bysociety.Worse still, facing prolonged adversitycreates toxic stress, which can impactchildhood brain development.MENTORING IS AN ESSENTIAL SERVICENeuroscience tells us that a nurturing, caring relationship with a stable adult iscritical for buffering the impact of toxic stress on a child’s brain.The common denominator of successful adults who experienced adversechildhood experiences (ACEs) is the presence of a mentor.The evidence is clear. When we provide young people facing adversity witha committed mentor, we are decreasing their risk factors and igniting theirpotential.OUR MISSIONOUR VISIONTo enable life-changing mentoringrelationships to ignite the powerand potential of young peopleAll young people realizetheir full potentialMENTORING IGNITES THE POWER OF YOUNG PEOPLE SO THEY CAN REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL2

COMPARED TO NON-MENTORED YOUTH WHO FACE ADVERSITIESMENTORED YOUTH ARE:17% more likely to be gainfully employedand earn 13% more on average in those jobs9887% believe they make good life choicesand 96% report being happy% have strongsocial networksPARTNERS IGNITE THE POWER OF YOUNG PEOPLE SO THEY CAN REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL3

THE POWER OF THREEBig Brothers Big Sisters enables life-changing mentoring relationshipsthrough The Power of Three: The Family, the Organization and the Mentor.Our agency staff are experts at screening, training, and matching a mentor witha mentee to realize their full potential.THE FAMILY & YOUTHTHE ORGANIZATIONTHE VOLUNTEER MENTORYouth facing adversityANDin need of aDevelopmental Relationship1Professional agency staff trainedto recruit and match volunteers;train and support mentors andmentees; and graduate youthVolunteers who work together withprofessional staff to create aDevelopmental Relationship1with our youthYOUTH OUTCOMESSOCIAL EMOTIONAL COMPETENCEMENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEINGRELATIONSHIP SKILLSPOSITIVE IDENTITYSOCIAL AWARENESSMENTAL WELLNESSRESPONSIBLE DECISION-MAKINGSOCIAL INCLUSION & L ENGAGEMENT &EMPLOYMENT READINESSSCHOOL CONNECTEDNESSCOMMITMENT TO LEARNINGENHANCED CONSTRUCTIVEUSE OF TIME1 “Developmental Relationships Framework.” 2018 Search Institute, Minneapolis, MN. www.search-institute.orgMENTORING IGNITES THE POWER OF YOUNG PEOPLE SO THEY CAN REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL4

THE POWER OF THREEPROVIDES A23:1SOCIAL RETURN ON INVESTMENTTHAT MEANS:Every 1 invested in mentoringreturns 23 to society1MENTORED YOUTH SEE POSITIVE RESULTS:IN COMMUNITYIN LIFEAT WORK87% HAVE STRONG SOCIAL NETWORKS81% REPORT FINANCIAL LITERACY50% MORE LIKELY TO VOLUNTEER(AND GIVE 30% MORE TIME!)98% BELIEVE THEY MAKEGOOD LIFE CHOICES47% HOLD SENIOR LEADERSHIPPOSITIONS13% MORE LIKELY TO DONATE(AND GIVE 20% MORE MONEY!)80% PURSUE HEALTHY LIFESTYLES17% MORE LIKELY TO BE EMPLOYED13% HIGHER EARNINGS( 315,000 HIGHER LIFETIME INCOME)1 Among economically disadvantaged groups, 1 invested in mentoring by Big Brothers Big Sisters returns 23 to society. The Boston Consulting Group undertook a multi-stage study that compares the outcomes ofchildren who participated in community 1-on-1 programs with those that did not.PARTNERS IGNITE THE POWER OF YOUNG PEOPLE SO THEY CAN REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL5

MENTORING IGNITES THE POWER OF YOUNG PEOPLE SO THEY CAN REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL6

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERSNETWORKBig Brothers Big Sisters of Canada’s national office works in partnership with100 accredited agencies across Canada to provide access to quality mentoringprograms for diverse populations of children and youth in more than 1,100communities.Our facilitator, catalyst, and steward roles include: Strategic Planning Fund Development Brand Management Marketing and Communications Quality Assurance/Improvement Program Development Public Policy and GovernmentRelations Research and Knowledge Mobilization Systems SupportAS A NETWORK IN CANADA, WE IGNITE THE POWER OF THREETHE FAMILY & YOUTHTHE ORGANIZATIONTHE VOLUNTEER MENTOR Access to tools, training,community supports Equity diversity &inclusion Marketing &recruitment Promotion of coreoutcomes (assetdevelopment) Professionaldevelopment Screening & trainingvolunteers Technical infrastructure Youth engagement Standards & qualityassurance Monitoring andsupporting the matchrelationshipPARTNERS IGNITE THE POWER OF YOUNG PEOPLE SO THEY CAN REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL7

THE POWER OF THREETHE FAMILYTHE ORGANIZATIONTHE MENTORWE IGNITEYOUTHP OT E N T I A LWE’RE BIGGER TOGETHERWWW.BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS.CA

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS NETWORK Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada’s national offi ce works in partnership with 100 accredited agencies across Canada to provide access to quality mentoring programs for diverse populations of children and youth in more than 1,100 communiti