Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saint John, Inc., Saint John, New Brunswick
This school-based group mentoring program encourages girls aged 10 to 14 to develop positive habits around physical activity, balanced eating, and self-esteem. In the program, eight girls are matched with two mentors for 14 weeks. Each of the weekly sessions has a topic focus, such as goal-setting, dealing with bullying, decision-making, and leadership. These topics are all related to the key themes of active living, balanced eating, and feeling good about oneself. The goal is to help girls develop a positive sense of self and set them on a path to reach their full potential. After the 14-week Go Girls! Program, an enhanced mentoring component continues weekly for the rest of the school year. The groups participate in less structured activities that build on the initial themes. The goal is to keep building the girls’ resilience, knowledge, skills, relationships, and confidence. Monthly outings complement the weekly sessions.
Grant amount: $160,000 over 4 years