Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ontario- Chatham-Kent

BBBS Chatham Kent.jpgBig Brothers Big Sisters of Chatham-Kent strives to enrich and enhance the personal growth of children and youth by nurturing a meaningful friendship with an adult mentor. Building on existing success the organization is introducing a new program focused on healthy lifestyles for boys.

With support from GoodLife Kids Foundation, Go Guys! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds is being introduced in Chatham through a 2 year pilot –2009 to 2011.  The program is designed to address the physical activity, balanced eating and positive self-image needs of boys ages 10 – 14 years, based on a group mentoring model.  It is delivered by trained male volunteers, during a 7 – 10 week period.  Over the duration of this pilot at least 84 boys, referred by their principal, teacher or resource teacher, will be mentored.

The primary goal of Go Guys! is to develop an appreciation of the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle among boys, along with building leadership and life skills of program participants.

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The Confidence to Try #FEELGOODFRIDAY Lukas is a 10-year-old Raptors fan who plays basketball with his local chapter of Special Olympics, but it wasn’t that long ago that he was afraid to join a team. Lukas is an outgoing kid who likes to make friends and has always been very active. But his early experiences in organized physical activity were not positive. One of his biggest challenges with autism is struggling to follow directions in large groups. He was often told he was doing things wrong and even that he would embarrass the team. “These negative comments deflated his confidence, and he became afraid to try new things,” explained his mom Lisa. When he was eight, Lukas took part in the Sports of All Sorts program at the Geneva Centre for Autism. The supportive environment in the Sports of All Sorts program, funded by a GoodLife Kids grant, was a real game-changer for him. Constant encouragement and positive reinforcement gave Lukas a safe space to explore new activities without a fear of being judged. With one-on-one support he played basketball, baseball, tennis, and golf. “We’re so glad to make physical activity a regular part of Lukas’ life and we’ve found ways for him to continue practicing at home,” said Lisa. “We bought a tennis net for the backyard, and now that he’s not afraid, he loves to go to glow-in-the-dark mini-putt with his dad!” As Lukas turned around on the basketball court to wave to his mom, he gave her two big thumbs up and her eyes welled up with tears of joy. “Watching him enjoy himself, I’m overwhelmed with happiness and pride,” she shared. “He has talents! But most of all, he has regained a belief in himself – that he CAN do it – and that is so powerful.”

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