Big Brothers Big Sisters Kingston Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (Kingston, ON)

Name

  • Name:Peter Cory
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Big Brothers Big Sisters Kingston Frontenac, Lennox & Addington
  • Address:1344 Princess St
    Kingston, ON K7R 1R9
    Canada

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:613 544 1621
  • Main fax:613 544 5742

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General

  • Mission:
  • Game On! is a group mentoring program for providing boys and young men with information and support to make informed choices about a range of healthy lifestyle practices. Through non-traditional physical activities, complemented with healthy eating support, participants are engaged in life skills, communication, and emotional health discussions designed to engage participants in the pursuit of life-long healthy lifestyles.

    Go Girls! is a group mentoring program for girls ages 12-14 that focuses on physical activity, balanced eating and self-esteem. The single, most important goal of the program is to positively shape the lives of young women and girls by helping them build a positive self-image – setting them on a path to reach their full potential in life.

  • Overview:
  • In areas of gender and education research, key findings state that male adolescents frequently struggle with issues of body image, low levels of physical activity and unhealthy eating practices. Sound familiar?

    In other words, boys and young men today go through much the same turmoil growing up as most of us did in our day. The journey to adulthood is never an easy one, but it can be smoothed out with the guidance and support of a mentor who cares and understands. More importantly, mentoring can help cement an active, healthy lifestyle that nourishes self-esteem and confidence

    Game On! includes seven 75-minute core sessions. There are also four extension modules that capture potential issues and topics specific to various locales and the interests of the mentors and participants.

    The program strives to do the following:

    -through the lens of healthy living, openly discuss current and pressing issues facing boys and young men

    build appreciation for the benefits of healthy eating habits

    promote physical exercise through the use of non-traditional activities

    instill respect for socio-economic, ethno-cultural and racial diversity

    encourage leadership skills and independent thinking

    and above all, make a difference.

    The Go Girls! program consists of 7 mentoring sessions, held over a 7-10 week period, after school within school facilities. Each 1.5-2 hour-long session is loosely structured around four themes: physical activity, healthy eating, self-esteem, and communication skills.

    Similar to its counterpart, The Go Girls program strives to do the following:

    create appreciation for the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle

    build understanding of what constitutes healthy eating habits and the risks
    associated with eating disorders

    promote the importance of positive mental activity and regular physical exercise

    encourage awareness of core values, personal interests, strengths and attributes

    support the development of leadership and life skills

    offer guidance in establishing and maintaining friendships

    and above all, make a difference.

  • History:
  • Go Girls was started in 2001 by Ophea (Ontario Physical and Health Education Association). In 2004, Ophea partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Ontario to deliver the Go Girls! program in nine communities.

    Game On is broadly based on the Go Girls program designed by Ophea. It was first tested in the Fall of 2009 and has become as widely used as Go Girls.

  • Year established:2001
  • Endowment:Unknown

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:Canada
  • CRA type:Charitable
  • Canada Business or Reg #:132351248RR0001