CES Spotlight blog posts shine a light on youth sector programs and initiatives in Ontario that are undertaking an evaluation journey in collaboration with YouthREX’s Customized Evaluation Supports (CES) at one of our regional hubs across Ontario. The blog posts describe the programs and initiatives and how evaluation supports their objectives to improve youth wellbeing.

In August 2015, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel began an evaluation journey with our Central Hub through our Customized Evaluation Supports (CES) program.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Peel
Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring

Youth living in poverty

– Strong, Supportive Friends & Families

Civic Engagement & Youth Leadership

August 2015

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel offers a wide range of mentoring opportunities to meet the varied needs of volunteers, children and families.

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers, Big Sisters has been making a positive difference in the lives of youth through a wide range of mentoring programs. The organization believes every child should have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential, both as individuals and citizens – that by doing so, they will not only do well, they will also do good. Big Brothers, Big Sisters’ vision is that children and youth will realize their full potential through the power of mentoring.

The program matches children and youth ages 6 – 17 with a caring adult mentor who is 18 or older. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee that is built on trust and common interests, and is supported by experienced caseworkers.

“Having a Big Sister has allowed me to learn new things, I feel more positive and I finally have a great friend.”

– Jess, Little Sister

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel are responsible for recruiting and training adult mentors. Once this happens, they match children and youth with adult mentors, and continue to monitor and support mentor-mentee relationships.

“I really believe in the quality of our program and so it makes this whole process much easier for me. I think that I see it as a learning opportunity; that makes it easier. It’s not that our program isn’t working, it’s a learning opportunity. It’s a chance to learn what is working well and to be able to make sure that we do that even better.”

Why Customized Evaluation Supports? 

When asked about why they wanted to engage in evaluation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel said, “We want to change, we want to engage our staff more in the evaluation process and in the data collection and we want to have our evaluation of our Big Brother Big Sister program be shorter, more concise. We want it to be more user friendly.”

“We want to focus on the youth voice, all those things that we haven’t been able to tackle on our own because it’s just seems overwhelming to figure out how to do it.”

– Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel

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