Big Brothers Big Sisters expands mentor program to Gladstone

BBBS receives Community response grant
Dawn Froese, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters accepting a United Way Central Plains $2,500 community response donation. Submitted

Grants from The Boston Pizza Foundation and United Way Central Plains has allowed Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Portage la Prairie to expand its In School Mentoring program to Gladstone Elementary School.

In school mentoring logoThe In School Mentoring program pairs up teen volunteers from William Morton Collegiate Institute with children from Gladstone Elementary School for one lunch hour a week for the school year. They spend the time eating, playing games and talking. Teens who participate in this program are able to work towards a volunteer credit as well as receive a reference for future school and job applications. As of Oct. 22, we have 10 teens that have expressed interest in mentoring, explains BBBS in a press release.

“We are very excited to bring the In School Mentoring program to Gladstone. Assisting children to achieve more is what this program is about.” Says Dawn Froese, BBBS executive director.

“I am really excited that the students will have the opportunity to take part in the Big Brother Big Sisters program as I have seen the impact it has had on kids and I am looking forward to working with the organization to get as many kids involved as we can,” Teresa Wright, Social Work Clinician, Gladstone Schools.

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