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Environ-Mentoring is a program, unique to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph, which provides environmental education for at-risk youth, which began in the fall of 2014.

The program is a group initiative where our “Bigs” (volunteers) and "Littles" (mentees) attend a series of organized outings to learn about nature, wildlife, and their surroundings. BBBSG has partnered with the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) to deliver this program in conjunction with our Big Bunch Group Mentoring Program. The goal is to develop an understanding of environmental and conservation issues to youth participating in the program. Children have the opportunity to attend a variety of community group programs intended to offer hands-on, curriculum-based outdoor education classes. 

Smiling pair (boys)

Our volunteers are fully screened and trained during our recruiting process, which is carried out by our Big Bunch Coordinator, Faythe van Esch. The Environ-Mentoring Program gives youth the opportunity to engage in environmental education programs already in place at the GRCA to children who would otherwise not have access to them. Some of the most recent examples of Environ-Mentoring outings have been Water Ecology/Creature Search, GPS Navigation and Caving & Water Study.

The design of our logo was done by an award-winning graphic design co-op student at Bishop Macdonell High School in Guelph, via M&T Printing's "Graphics Factory".

Funded in part by the Gosling Foundation, TD Friends of Environment and the Guelph Community Foundation, the Environ-Mentoring Program is offered 8-10 times each year, generally in the fall, winter and spring.

Funding is always needed via grants and public donations. If you or your company would like to make a donation to the Environ-Mentoring program, please contact us via email or phone at (519) 824-5154 ex. 226.

TD Friends of the Environment