Game On! offers volunteers a short-term opportunity where you’ll join other adult volunteers once a week for 7-8 weeks to mentor a group of boys about communication skills and healthy living (specifically physical and emotional health).
Through non-traditional physical activities, along with healthy eating information, participants are engaged in life skills, communication and emotional health discussions, designed to engage participants in the pursuit of life-long healthy lifestyles. Sessions are structured around four themes:
- Physical activity
- Healthy eating
- Communication skills
Our volunteers tell us that Game On! is a great way to get a taste for what volunteering with Big Brothers is like. Often, after completing the 7-8 week opportunity, our volunteers show interest in our other, longer term mentoring programs.
If you’re interested in our Game On program, click here to fill out our online application.
What Game On Volunteers Do:
- Spend 75 minutes weekly with a group of boys for 7-8 weeks.
- Mentor approximately 10 boys with other Volunteer(s) while being supported by a staff member at the school, community centre or Boys and Girls Club.
- Facilitate a non-academic curriculum including activities, sports, snacks and nutrition discussion, team building and communication skill development.
- Training is a one time, 3.5 hour session at the Big Brothers office and is flexible.
Check For Eligibility
- I am 18 years or older
- I have lived in the Greater Vancouver Area for a minimum of 6 months.
- I understand the application process can take up to approximately 2 months to complete. Once accepted as a Volunteer, being matched with a school with the Game On program can take several weeks, depending on the date, location, and other preferences.
- I can easily manage the time commitment in my schedule
- I will submit my Police Information Check – Vulnerable Sector form to my local Police/RCMP station as soon as possible, and if necessary will follow up with any concerns.
Submit An Application
- You may choose to apply online or you may contact our agency and we can send you an application in the mail or through email.
- After we receive your application form and all the requirements are met, we will provide you with a Police Information Check – Vulnerable Sector form.
Submit A Police Information Check – Vulnerable Sector
- You must submit your Police Information Check – Vulnerable Sector forms immediately as we require that you complete a new record check before we will consider you for an interview.
- As per our National Standards, we must receive a new Police Information Check – Vulnerable Sector form solely for our organization.
- Once we receive your Police Information Check – Vulnerable Sector form results and you meet our requirements, we will contact you to schedule a one-on-one interview. The interview lasts approximately one to two hours and consists of a series of questions related to your motivation, beliefs and values, interests and lifestyle, and family history.
- Please note that only those applicants that meet our requirements will be contacted for an interview. Contact will be made only after we receive your Police Information Check – Vulnerable Sector results.
- Your references are adults who have known you well for more than two years and who represent different facets of your life: your employer, a family member/significant other, personal references and someone who has witnessed you working (paid or voluntarily) with children.
- Training is a one time, 3.5 hour session at the Big Brothers office and is flexible depending on your schedule.
Start Your Program
- Based on your availability and location, you will be matched at a site and paired with one or two other mentors, with whom you will facilitate your weekly sessions