Despite a global pandemic and the many challenges that brought to our agency and many of our families we are so thankful for the tremendous support we have received. Here are just a few of the successes of Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2020!

  1. Successfully converted all mentoring programs virtually supporting over 1,000 young people.
  2. A new virtual Bigs on Campus Program began in partnership with Sheridan College and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
  3. Adapted a new innovative curriculum for our virtual Go Girls, Newcomer Go Girls and Game On Programs.
  4. A new online Child Application Form was developed for our website to increase access for families.
  5. Engaged community partners such as Scientists in School, KidsBridge Initiative and Visual Arts Mississauga to bring our youth interactive and educational virtual learning experiences.
  6. In response to COVID-19 we received support from the government’s COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund, the United Way of Greater Toronto, the Community Foundation of Mississauga and the Brampton & Caledon Community Foundation.
  7. The One on One Charity Sponsorship Program was launched thanks to long-term volunteer Darren Sketchley. The program assists youth fulfil their passion whether it’s art, music, sports, a new laptop for learning etc. The program which began in October 2020 has already supported 7 youth and raised $10,630 to support their passions.
  8. Over 100 families received additional support this year thanks to individual donors providing COVID assistance, Holiday Giving sponsors and games and toys donated by Mattel.
  9. Funding was received from both Cummins and the Advance Brampton Fund which allowed us to provide activity kits to enhance youth engagement in our virtual mentoring programs.
  10. Two successful virtual fundraisers were held – Move for Mentoring and the Virtual Dine & Celebrate Gala.