Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ontario- Chatham-Kent
Big 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.