Build community from within our schools…

Helping children reach their full potential can lead to positive community outcomes like a reduction in poverty and unemployment, safer schools and neighborhoods, and a new generation of civic-minded adults.

In School Mentoring Studies show that mentoring:
  • helps kids stay in school
  • avoid risky behaviour such as bullying
  • and grow up having more respect for family, peers and community.

The In School Mentoring program provides children with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with, within school grounds.

For one hour a week, Mentors meet with their Mentee engage in activities such as board games, crafts or just hanging out in the playground.

Our program strives to do the following:
  • provide a role model and a friend for children
  • promote the importance of staying in school and healthy relationships with family and peers
  • instill trust and self-confidence in order to make healthy decisions
  • encourage leadership skills and independent thinking
  • and above all, make a difference while having fun.
In-School Mentoring Makes a Big Difference
  • 90% of mentors saw a positive change in the child they were mentoring*
  • 88% of students showed improved literacy skills*
  • 64% had developed higher levels of self-esteem *
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If you would like to learn more about becoming a mentor or donating to the In-School  Mentoring program, give us a call at 250-756-2447.

* 2005 study, Employer Supported Volunteerism. Commissioned by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and conducted by Northstar Research Partners


Here are the schools in Nanaimo currently offering the In School Mentoring Program

Brechin Elementary School

Park Avenue Community School

Fairview Community School

Forest Park Elementary School

Uplands Park Elementary School

Georgia Avenue Community School

McGirr Elementary School

Rock City Elementary School

Bayview Elementary School * New School

Cedar Elementary School * New School


Parksville/Qualicum Beach Schools: 

Springwood Elementary School


Ladysmith Schools: 

Ladysmith Primary School 

Ecole North Oyster Elementary School

Ladysmith Intermediate School

We also work with Ladysmith Secondary School in giving their students a volunteer experience and  administering the Teen In-School Mentoring Program in the Elementary Schools in Ladysmith,