Big Brothers Big Sisters Month: Minister Schulz

“This September, we celebrate the positive, impactful and meaningful difference mentorship makes in the lives of children and youth.

“Every day, thousands of volunteer mentors are helping Alberta’s youth develop essential life skills, succeed at school and grow in confidence. The isolation and uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have affected children and youth in ways we are still discovering. That’s why it’s so important young people have the caring support of mentors, including Big Brothers and Big Sisters, to help build resilience and guide them toward a healthy, happy and encouraging future.

“In partnership with the Boys & Girls Club Big Brothers Big Sisters (BGCBigs), Alberta’s government is proud to fund the Alberta Mentorship Partnership. This program provides support to more than 170 agencies that offer children and youth opportunities to connect with mentors in their schools and communities. This partnership has also provided training to more than 20,000 volunteers across the province, preparing them to guide and support young people, especially those most vulnerable and at risk.

“Strong, long-term connections with mentors can be a game-changer for many young people. These relationships encourage kids to stay focused on the future and make positive choices while exploring their potential in healthy ways. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please visit for more information.

“Thank you to every Big Brother and Big Sister for your dedication and for giving back by supporting the next generation. I hope more Albertans are inspired to join you and make a difference in the lives of young people across the province.”

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