We have many different programs and services that meet the needs of all individuals involved. Here are some of our programs:
Our traditional Big Brothers/Big Sisters program - a one-to-one mentoring service,
Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds and Game On! Eat Smart, Play Smart, Live Smart - in-school programs for boys and girls with a focus on promoting an active and balanced lifestyle and increasing self-esteem
In-School Mentoring - one-to-one mentoring service in a school setting
Youth Opportunities Program -
1.Improve employment skills for newcomer/immigrant youth between the ages of 16-24
2.Secure employment opportunities for newcomer youth
3.Establish career related volunteer opportunities for newcomer youth
4.Improve the quality of life for newcomer youth in North Bay Ontario
We are a non-profit organization that is comprised of individuals and partnering organizations working toward the optimal development of all citizens in the community
Big Sisters of North Bay and District was founded in July 1975 by the North Bay Women's Centre. The agency had conducted a Needs Assessment which determined a gap in service to women and girls in the North Bay area. From 1975--2008 the agency provided programs and services to local girls and young women. Programs included the traditional matching program, Sister Angel, Go Girls!, Victims Assistance workshops, Child Safety training, In School Mentoring and Youth Opportunities Program.
In September 2007 the local Big Brothers agency closed it's doors. Big Sisters was asked to assume the role of both Big Brothers and Big Sisters. On January 31, 2008 the Big Sisters Board of Directors voted to assume this responsibility and expand to become " Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Bay and District."
The Board and staff are pleased to be actively delivering services to local boys and girls. In 2008 alone, we have provided mentoring services, free camp experiences, a field trip to Santa's Village, workshops, evening programs, Achievement Fund sponsorships and much more.
We have received our new Letters Patent, so now we are registered officially with the Province of Ontario, as Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Bay and District.
We are always looking to recruit more volunteers. If you are not able to commit to being a mentor to a child, we can find other ways for you to help out (i.e. fundraising, recruitment, activities/events, etc.)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Bay and District is a non-profit volunteer organization committed to fostering the otpimal development of children and youth through one-to-one mentoring services and growth-based programs.