Big Brothers Big Sisters Dawson

Aims and Goals

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Dawson program aims to:

  • Provide a role model and friend
  • Promote healthy relationships with friends and family
  • Build trust and self-confidence to support healthy decisions, such as staying in school
  • Encourage independent thinking and leadership skills
  • Promote having fun!

The Big Brothers Big Sisters program is a partnership of the Robert Service School, Robert Service School Council and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Education.

The Mentorship Coordinator seeks to partner mentors with mentees who demonstrate common interests. Matched pairs participate in different activities in the community or at school, working to build positive, trusting and meaningful relationships. Continued support is provided for the duration of the partnership, including interviews with volunteers and families, match commencement, and closure.

We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to serve as mentors for our school-aged mentees. Mentors must be 18 or older.

 

BBBS Dawson provides two types of mentorship

Community Mentorship

Community Mentorship occurs after school or on weekends. Matches are expected to meet approximately 2–3 times per month and engage in mentee-centred activities in the community for the duration of the school year. Some community activities include:

  • Skating or Sticks n’ Skates
  • Skiing at Moose Mountain
  • Lunch around town
  • Walks—consider going to the Humane Society and volunteering to walk some dogs!
  • Tobogganing
  • Berry picking in the fall
  • Playing Frisbee
  • Crafting
  • Yoga

In-School Mentorship

In-school mentorship occurs at the school for approximately one hour each week for the duration of the school year. The library and different locations around school are available for meeting with your mentor. Some available activities include the following:

  • In the library there are games, cards, colouring books, bracelet-making equipment and much more.
  • In the teacher workroom, there is hot chocolate and tea available.
  • Homework assistance may be a goal and is possible during this time.

Upon request, the Mentorship Coordinator can locate space on-site to play music or practice yoga.

Like to be a Mentor?

If you or anyone you know is interested, please contact the Mentorship Coordinator at bbbsydawson@gmail.com or contact Robert Service School at (867) 993-5435.

This program is possible thanks to the support of volunteers, families, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Education, the Robert Service School, Robert Service School Council, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Yukon.