Seniors For Kids Steering Committee (SFKSC)

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Who?

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley (BBBSCV) is a non-profit organization that supports children between 6-19 years of age from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to enable life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people.

The Steering Committee will be comprised of ten members. BBBSCV supports diversity and welcomes applicants of every race, religion, culture, gender and sexual orientation.

The contributions of this group will ensure that this project honours a ‘nothing about us without us” ethos and reflects/responds to the knowledge, values and lived experiences of senior citizens in the Cowichan Valley.

What?

Topics of discussion will focus on the Seniors For Kids program which is encompassed within the larger In-School Mentoring Program.

The In-School Mentoring Program provides youth with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up. This program takes place during school hours within school grounds. For one hour a week, mentors meet with their mentee and engage in activities such as board games, crafts, or just hanging out and talking.

The committee will shape the design of the program and provide critical input on key activities e.g. outreach/recruitment, transportation, scheduling/logistics, and evaluation.  BBBSCV wants to ensure that the program reflects the experiences and knowledge of local seniors and honours a ‘nothing about us without us’ approach to service delivery.

When/Where?

Members meet on a moderated private online forum called ZOOM, and when environmentally safe to do so, members may meet in person. The commitment requires attendance to approximately three out of the four quarterly meetings.

Tentative meeting dates:

Week of July 27th-31st

Week of October 19-23rd

Week of Jan 18th-22nd

Week of March 22-26th

Meeting dates will be set by completing a survey to maximize strongest attendance.

Why?

Insight, engagement, and sharing knowledge about our community will help Big Brothers Big Sisters understand the best strategies to engage Seniors 55+ to participate in our programs. We believe intergenerational relationships are mutually beneficial to both mentor and mentee.

The caring/respectful social relationship formed between mentor and mentee offers a powerful protective factor (Wolkow and Ferguson, 2001) that can serve as a buffer to adverse events for both senior and youth alike (OCCHN, 2014)

As Committee members BBBSCV will provide honorariums for your participation.

How?

Download the form here:

Steering Committee Application

Applications are a fillable Word format that can be downloaded, completed digitally, and emailed to erin.generous@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca.  Should you require another method to submit, please contact us.

To apply to join the SFKSC you must be a resident from the Cowichan Valley, be 55+ and be able to participate in three out of four committee meetings per year.

Application deadline: Friday July 17th.

For more information, contact us at: 250-748-2447

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors program.