A recent parental hopes survey conducted for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada shows two-thirds of parents are uncertain that their kids will fulfill the hopes they have for them.
The survey, conducted by Ipsos Canada, also showed negative behaviours and emotional states, difficulty in school, and stress at home as some of the barriers preventing those hopes from being reached.
Grande Prairie Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director Amy Mohr says that is where they step in.
“The power of mentoring basically is where we come in, and the advice and guidance of an adult mentor is crucial and definitely important in a child’s well-being and their lives as they grow up.”
Mohr says children that are matched with mentors have a greater chance of fulfilling their parents’ hopes and not being stopped by the barriers identified in the survey.