In-School Mentoring is a one-to-one encouragement program for boys and girls in grades 1-8. A child and his/her Mentor meet for one hour a week at the child’s elementary school to play games and sports, do arts and crafts, or just hang out and talk. Volunteers commit to a minimum of one school year (they do not meet over the summer break or during other school holidays).

In School Mentoring

School-based mentoring programs are our fastest growing because they are effective in keeping kids in school.  Children who spend time with a mentor gain confidence, competence, and caring.  Mentors experience a sense of discovery and enjoyment as they see a world of possibility open up through a child’s eye.  It is a small commitment that makes a BIG difference.  Besides playing sports or painting during the workday, you’ll be a role model to a student.  Through friendship, guidance, and sharing, you ‘ll help build a child’s self confidence.

Volunteers commit to a minimum of one school year (they do not meet over the summer break or during other school holidays).

A study commissioned by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada clearly validates the beneficial impact of programs such as In-School Mentoring has on children;Male 5

90% of mentors saw a positive change in the child they were mentoring,

88% of student showed improved literacy skills,

76% of students improved their school grades.

Studies show that mentoring helps kids stay in school, avoid risky behaviours such as bullying, and grow up having more respect for family, peers, and their community.  Changing young lives can change life in our communities too.  Helping children reach their full potential can lead to positive community outcomes like a reduction in poverty and unemployment, safer schools and neighbourhoods, and a new generation of civic-minded adults.

Female 4Eligibility

Any elementary school aged child who could benefit from a positive male or female role model who does not display any significant physical, emotional or behavioural challenges will be considered.

This program is a cooperative effort between DSBN and NCDSB and Big Brothers Big Sisters St. Catharines-Thorold & District.

Enroll Your Child

If your child attends one of the schools offering the In-School Mentoring Program, we may be able to facilitate their friendship. Please contact your school Principal, or Contact Us.  If you would like to learn more about becoming a mentor you can click here.

“It has been our consistent experience that the children who have mentors improve behaviourally at school.  There is a positive ripple effect that carries over to the classroom, playground, and home.” Laurie Iannetti, Youth Counsellor (DSBN)