Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area (BBBS Calgary)
Our Story Why We Exist
When Charlie was eight years-old, his little sister passed away after a long battle with a rare disease. Charlie struggled with the grief and instability that this brought to his family. He developed an intense anxiety, and had difficulties with school and personal relationships. Charlie felt alone, confused, and scared, and he craved the connection and support that all children need to grow and achieve more. The future did not look so bright for Charlie… and then he came to Big Brothers Big Sisters and was matched with his mentor, Mark.
Mark was a kind-hearted professional from Calgary who wanted to give back to his community. What he ended up giving Charlie was something he really needed – a stable, supportive relationship.
Five years after first meeting Mark, Charlie would be unrecognizable to those who knew him as a child – at 13, he has grown into a confident, resilient young adult who is excited about his future and the possibility it holds. And Mark, who had been so touched by having Charlie come into his world, has become a life-long ambassador for the same illness that took Charlie’s little sister.
Charlie and Mark will always be part of each other’s lives – nothing can undo the changes they initiated for each other. They truly started something ‘BIG’ – something that continues to be even bigger than them.
Our Impact What We Do
Our Mission: To impact the lives of young people and volunteers through the power of mentoring.
Our Vision: That every young person realizes their full potential.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area is a donor-supported, volunteer-driven organization founded on mentoring as a proven strategy for ensuring resiliency, future orientation and social support for children and youth facing adversity.
For over 30 years, we have been making a positive difference in the lives of young people through a wide range of one-to-one and group mentoring programs, both in school and in the community. We currently serve over 1,800 children and youth, and as many volunteers, in Calgary, Airdrie, Cochrane, High River, Okotoks, and surrounding areas.
Our Programs How We Do It
Our mentoring programs combine passion with patience, empathy and a generous spirit that encourages real connections to form. Serving as role models, our mentors teach by example the importance of giving and giving back, staying in school and having respect for family, peers and community. Our mentoring relationships challenge and support young people, allowing them to realize they have the ability to succeed and make life-changing decisions.
In addition to the foundational Big Brother, Big Sister and In-School Mentoring programs, BBBS Calgary offers specialized programs to serve our community including Recreation Mentoring, Teen Mentoring, and group mentoring programs.
Our Requests What You Can Do
Start something 'BIG' with a donation of time or money. With your support children and youth will realize their ability to find success, make life-changing decisions, forge friendship that will last a lifetime and start something 'BIG' of their own.
Donate - Your financial support helps us provide our programs and services in your local community.
Volunteer - Become a mentor and make a 'BIG' difference in the life of a young person facing adversity.