Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ontario- Toronto

GoodLife Kids Foundation is supporting the Go Girls! and Game On! programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto at 22 schools across the city. This grant will help recruit volunteers to offer these physical activity and healthy eating initiatives.

Go Girls! is a program designed to address the physical activity, balanced eating and positive self-image needs of young women ages 10-14 based on a group mentoring model. The main goal of Go Girls! is for young women to develop an appreciation of the benefits of an active, healthy, lifestyle. The program plans to reach 240 participants and is structured around four themes: physical activity, healthy eating, self-esteem, and communication skills.

Game On! uses a mentor approach to provide boys ages 10-14 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, 160 participants will have the opportunity to become involved in lifestyle decision making and develop habits for regular physical activity.


“I really enjoyed being a junior mentor for Go Girls! I think it’s a great program because it encourages girls to lead a healthy lifestyle. I like being a helper because I feel like this program really helps girls. We learn about how to eat right, stay active, and be aware of the dangers of drugs and alcohol. We also learn how to deal with real life situations”. Megan, Go Girls! Junior Mentor, Grade 8

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On this final day of #NationalVolunteerWeek, we'd like to introduce you to one of our all-stars. Dr. Dick Barter is a force to be reckoned with. An emergency room physician and group fitness instructor, Dick knows the importance of physical activity in children's' lives. He is the man behind #Spin4Kids - the fundraiser started in St. John's, NL and has since inspired others event locations across the country to rally behind our cause. Under Dick's leadership over the years, the St. John's event alone has raised nearly $700,000 and is always a big party! Dick's passion has been key to bringing us to the next level... he truly is a man with a plan 🌟 #NVW2017 #VolunteeringEh? #Gratitude

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