Oxford County

Big Brothers Big Sisters PRISM Program

PRISM is entirely designed to connect LGBTQ2IA+ children and youth with LGBTQ2IA+ adults. The children and youth can foster an authentic bond with an LGBTQ2IA+ identifying adult. The relationship will provide a child or youth with a safe place to explore their identities, create an empowering relationship with a mentor and connect to the LGBTQ2IA+ community in Oxford County. This relationship is created through weekly hangouts, for a couple of hours, each week. Help create an empowering future for the LGBTQ2IA+ community by being a mentee or a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Oxford County.

Eligibility Criteria: Mentor

 Caring, positive role-models age 18

 Member of the LGBTQ2IA+ community

 Can commit to mentoring approximately once a week for at least a year

 No special skills are required, just a listening ear, patience with children, open heart and mind and the desire to be a friend!

Eligibility Criteria: Mentee

 Age 9-17 years old

 Children at risk of not reaching their full potential

 Children open to developing a friendship by exploring common interests and activities with a mentor

 Mentees benefit from the program by developing enhanced self-esteem, confidence, interpersonal and social skills

 Local events and activities or just stay in and play

Volunteer Application Process

 Written application

 An in-person interview

 Police Vulnerable Sector Check

 CAS Clearance Check

 References

Home assessment

 Pre-Match Training All aspects must be completed successfully in order to be accepted into the program

Activities May Include: Community Based 1:1 To support the health and safety of our matches regular check–ins with agency staff occur throughout the year. All parties are encouraged to contact the agency with any questions, concerns, or accomplishments. Board games Woodworking Bike Riding Movies Snow tubing Video Games Puzzles Sports Pride Events Bowling Cooking Any activities that are of shared interest and you can do together!

Contact Us : Woodstock: 519.537.6404 Ingersoll: 519.485.1801 Tillsonburg: 519.842.9008 Ext. 229 or through www.bbbsoxford.ca