Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley
Duncan, British Columbia

Go Girls! offers group mentoring opportunities to girls, with a particular focus on those facing additional barriers to building confidence and strong mental health because of traumatic experiences. The program matches groups of girls age 11-13 with two women mentors, and follows a national curriculum that is delivered at almost 80 schools. It addresses issues including media influence and stereotypes, peer pressure, and sexual exploitation, while bolstering protective factors such as self-esteem, social connections, critical thinking, and resilience. At least 40 per cent of participants identify as Indigenous, so cultural supports are incorporated into the program.