Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West Durham

Location, Telephone & Internet
Office Phone 905-831-3777
Toll Free Phone 1-888-278-2484
Located In Community Ajax
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Ajax, ON
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Contact Information
Primary Contact Debbie Buchanan, Administrative Coordinator; Phone: ext 2
Primary Executive Melanie Stewart, Executive Director; Phone: ext 1
Mailing Address 2-157C Harwood Ave N, Unit 414 
Ajax, ON L1Z 0B6
Description & Services
Description (Service) Volunteer mentors support opportunities for friendship and personal development to young people in the community 
Traditional Match Program  
One-to-one program that involves matching a child "at risk" between the ages of 5 to 14 with a screened adult volunteer * meet for 3 to 4 hours each week in the community 
In-School Mentoring Program  
One-to-one mentorship between a volunteer adult mentor with a child from Kindergarten to grade 9 * non-academic activity for one hour each week on school property throughout the school year 
Go Girls!/Game On! 
Site-based group programs – separate programs for girls and boys ages 11-14 delivered in schools * children participate in a physical activity, learn about healthy eating while enjoying a nutritious snack, and engage in discussion and reflection that promotes healthy self-esteem and positive mental health  
Hoops ‘n’ Homework 
Provides marginalized and diverse youth with the opportunity to participate in free after-school activities * volunteer mentors facilitate activities that support the social and academic growth of young people through literacy tutoring, homework help, and enrichment * youth aged 13-15 years old participate once per week for an eight week period * sessions include three program areas: homework, life skills and basketball 
Switch Gears 
Site-based group program supporting positive and healthy development of male youth, ages 12-14 through fun and engaging activities * focus on understanding what it means to be a man in today’s world, how to problem-solve and ask for help * build healthy relationships with peers and partners so that likelihood of bullying, violence and self-harm is lowered * work to be resilient young men in world full of potential stressors * each week participate in check-ins to build competency and confidence, engage in fun learning activities and have time to play as a group to foster new skills
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-3pm * available after hours by appointment
Areas Served Ajax ; Oshawa ; Pickering ; Whitby
Eligibility Ages: 5 year(s) - 16 year(s)
Application Call for information and to arrange for an orientation
Languages English
Fees None
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Physical Access Fully Accessible
Service Categories Adult/Child Mentoring Programs ; Adult/Child Mentoring Programs ~ Couples ; Adult/Child Mentoring Programs ~ Elementary School Students ; Adult/Child Mentoring Programs ~ High School Students ; Volunteer Opportunities

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