Conexus Credit Union has committed $195,000 over the next three years for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatchewan.
The funds will go towards Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatchewan’s five agencies that serve 17 communities across the province including Moose Jaw, Regina, the Battlefords, Churchbridge, Esterhazy, Humboldt, Langenburg, Lloydminster, Maidstone, Marwayne, Melville, Prince Albert, Rocanville, Saskatoon, Vermillion, Weyburn and Yorkton.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Moose Jaw falls under the umbrella of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Regina and Area agency.
“That takes a lot of stress off everybody’s plates and really allows us to better focus on our mentoring programs and matching those kids' facing adversities with positive, reliable and safe mentors,” said director of development and communications for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Regina and Area Amy Noureldin.
Noureldin added that the funds will go towards supporting mentorships within the Big Brother Big Sister programs.
“The $195,000 over the next three years will create 100 new big-little mentor-mentee mentoring relationships in Saskatchewan,” she said.
The Big Brother Big Sister program matches children who face adversity with professionally-screened volunteer mentors. The program also trains and supports mentors, mentees and families, all while being monitored and supported through a professional case worker.
The goal is to break the cycle of poverty, drugs and violence by encouraging healthy lifestyles, furthering education, accelerating engagement in society and providing opportunities for youth who may not be on a trajectory towards success.
You can find out more about the Big Brother Big Sister program here in Moose Jaw by visiting their website.