Finding a mentor is a great way to familiarize yourself with North Bay, take the first steps needed toward working in your field, and adjusting to your new life in North Bay.
The North Bay & District Multicultural Centre has created a Community Connections Program that matches newcomers with Canadian volunteers who have similar interests or professions. Your mentor is someone who can help you out in overcoming obstacles like language barriers, introducing you to new activities, and overall adaptation to life in Canada.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North Bay and District provides one to one mentoring services and growth based programs, for the purpose of fostering the optimal development of children and youth.
Programs offered in North Bay and area include: Big Brothers Big Sisters Traditional match; Go Girls, Game On, Get Cooking, and the Delores Klingspon Achievement Fund.
Go Girls and Game On matches groups of girls and boys, respectively, in a one to four mentoring ratio, with a mature, reliable mentor ages 18 - 25 years, who provides education related to nutrition and active living, in a classroom setting.
Get Cooking is a fun and educational cooking group for children ages 7 - 17 years. Groups meet twice per week in the Big Brothers Big Sisters kitchen, and learn hands-on techniques for preparing simple and nutritious meals.
The Delores Klingspon Achievement Fund provides up to $150.00 per year to children registered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, for the purpose of enhancing or developing a special skill or talent which has been identified by the child's mentor or parent.
After school programs provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters include seasonal parties, camping trips, field trips and community outings.