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Please read the steps below before submitting your enrollment application.

Step 1: General Information

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region is a community organization that provides Mentoring programs to local youth, offered to families free of charge. Little Sisters and Little Brothers are children and youth who could benefit from the support of an additional caring adult role model. Our Mentors support children and youth to develop crucial life skills, listen, have fun together and help navigate through difficult times.

The Big Brothers and Big Sisters Mentoring programs match children and youth (ages 6-16) with an adult Mentor to hang out, connect and talk with throughout the year. This program is 2 visits per month. The goal is for children to become empowered to live their potential.

The Big Bunch program provides children and youth (ages 6-16) with Mentoring support through group-based recreational programming. By participating in recreational activities children and youth develop self-esteem and social skills. This group program is facilitated by adult Mentors and allows participants to spend time with their peers. This program is 2 hours/week for 6 weeks.

For our School-Based Programs (In-School Mentoring, Go Girls! And Game On!) one of our partnered schools in Waterloo region must enroll the child. Please connect with your school administrators about interest in the program.

Our volunteers are caring adults, with various skill sets and a range of experience working with children and youth. Volunteers are extensively screened, receive training regarding child safety, and are supported through monthly contact with Program Coordinators.

Step 2: Requirements

For our Big Brothers and Big Sisters programs, children and youth must be:

  • Ages 6-14
  • Live in Waterloo Region
  • Interested in being a part of our programming
  • From a single guardian home*
  • See their non-residential parent once a month or less*

*Many of the young people in our programs are living in single-parent households, however, children in two-parent families could be eligible for our programs as all applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Should you have any questions regarding whether your child might be eligible please contact us at 519-745-0180 ext. 222.

For our Big Bunch group program, children and youth must be:

  • Ages 6-16
  • Live in Waterloo Region
  • Interested in being a part of our programming
  • Do well in a group setting with their peers

Step 3: How it Works

Emily Chatten

I’m Emily

Your Program Coordinator

I’m here to help you get started!

Application Form

Parent/Guardian completes the online application form. You will be contacted by a Program Coordinator within 5-7 business days to complete a brief telephone screen.

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Telephone Screen

Emily will call you to complete a brief telephone screen to confirm eligibility.

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Interview

Once your application forms are received and your telephone screen is complete, an agency Program Coordinator will contact you to book a time to complete the Interview and Pre-Match Training.

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Acceptance

If you are accepted, you will receive confirmation from an agency Program Coordinator with information on next steps.

Step 4: Enroll a Child Now

If you are the legal parent or guardian, you may start the enrollment process by filling out this form and submitting at the end. For other Service Providers hoping to refer a child to our agency, please see the Service Provider Referral Form.

To have an Application Form or Referral Form sent to you by mail or fax, please contact our enrollment coordinator–Emily Chatten.

If you are enrolling multiple children, please complete the following application form separately for each child.