Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto

One-to-One Community-Based Program

Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto (BBBST) creates individual and group mentoring relationships amongst adults and youth. Mentorship is two-way, learning and development partnership where the young person needs are placed at the centre.

The core program of BBBST, the Big Brother Big Sister one-to-one community-based program matches a Little aged 7-16 with a Big, based on mutual experiences and shared interests. The pair meet for eight hours per month in the community and build a healthy, caring relationship that can last a lifetime. Participants in mentoring programs see positive results in personal growth and development areas, and social and economic opportunities. Not only do they foster relationships that allow children to thrive, but they see mentorship as an essential service that decreases the number of youth put into harm’s way.

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"Funding from AMDF has been critical to BBBST over the past year and a half. Dedicated program funding, like AMDF's generous donation to our one-to-one Big Brother Big Sister Program, was crucial to keeping kids connected and supported throughout the pandemic. We heard from countless Littles (and their families) who described their Big Brother or Big Sister as a lifeline throughout the pandemic. We are grateful for AMDF’s continued support and can’t emphasize enough the great impact it has on children experiencing adversity across Toronto."

Caroline Kent

Senior Manager, Community Impact and Strategic Partnerships