Diversity and Inclusion

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Montreal promises to act with respect and in a spirit of hospitality, helpfulness, and inclusivity.

Just like the families and children enrolled in our programs, our volunteers come from all walks of life, age, professional backgrounds, ethnic origins, gender identity and sexual orientations (LGBTQ2+).

The agency staff strives to promote positive relationships and supports the involvement of everyone in the community.

You can read our Diversity Policy to learn more about our commitments.

16-21 Mentoring Program - for Youth in a DYP program

The 16-21 Mentoring Program is for youth receiving services under the Youth Protection Act (YPA) or the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). Building meaningful and supportive relationships with mentors helps to unlock the full potential and equip these youth for the transition to adulthood.

We observe significant improvements in 2 areas of development in the youth: emotional and social skills and executive functions (social awareness, responsible decision making, self-management and self-awareness, optimistic thinking, etc.).

This program is part of broader Community-based Mentoring.  It is financially supported by the Minister for Health and Social Services, and developed in partnership with the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal.

Ministere Santé et Service Sociaux

LGBTQ2+ Mentoring - for youth who identifies with the LGBTQ2+ community

As part of the broader Community-based Mentoring program, LGBTQ2+ Mentoring involves matching a young person aged 6 to 21 with a mentor, both from the LGBTQ2+ community. The goal of the program is to offer a mentor who identifies with the LGBTQ2+ community to a young person who is in questioning or identifying with the same community, in order to create a bond of friendship and support them by serving as a positive role model.

The program was created in collaboration with GRIS – Montréal, L’Asterisk, Interligne and the LGBT Family Coalition, and with the financial support of the Ministry of Justice of Quebec as part of their program Fight against Homophobia and Transphobia.


Indigenous Mentoring - for Indigenous Youth

The Indigenous Mentoring Program is part of the broader Community-based Mentoring. It is a match between an adult mentor, Indigenous or non-Indigenous, and an Indigenous child, aged 6 to 15 years, who needs a meaningful presence in his or her life. The objective is to promote the harmonious development of the child in a positive cultural context and the prevention of risky behavior.

Black 'n' Role - For Black Communities

The Black’N Role Mentoring program pairs a child from a black community with a mentor from the same community, the latter acting as a positive adult role model. The purpose of the program is to help young mentees improve their social and personal skills while focusing on their academic success and involvement within the community and school.

The program can follow the framework of the In-School Mentoring program or the Community-based Mentoring program.

The program reached nearly 100 children in individual activities and 30 children in matches.

Profile of Children participating in our Programs

different ethnic origins