Big Steps 2 Success (BS2S) is a one-on-one mentoring program for children and youth, ages 7 to 14, who are living in government care or have a kinship agreement.

Young people are mentored by trained volunteers who can help them to navigate challenges and empower them to realize their full potential.

Mentors and mentees visit for 2-4 hours once per week, either at school or in the community, sharing their interests with free/low-cost activities. There is a minimum commitment of one year for both mentor and mentee.


Research shows that having a caring relationship with a trusted adult can have a big impact on a child’s emotional wellbeing, self-worth and resiliency.

Mentored young people have the support, tools and confidence for long-term stability and success.

73% feel more motivated to learn and try new things
73% feel more motivated to learn and try new things
55% more likely to enroll in post-secondary education
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Our volunteer mentors are adults who want to make a difference for youth in our community.

BS2S mentors complete thorough screening and undergo training focused on building supportive developmental relationships with young people.

They also receive additional training to understand the specific experiences and needs of youth in care.


When we match a young person with a volunteer mentor, we start something incredible – a life-changing relationship where mentors support, challenge and empower our youth to reach their full potential. Contact us or visit our Volunteer Page to learn more about making a BIG difference as a mentor!


Support workers from any organization can complete the online Referral Form to recommend a child or youth for Big Steps 2 Success.

Caregivers can complete the online Application Form to apply directly to Big Steps 2 Success. Please note that the consent forms at the end of the application must be signed by the child’s legal guardian.

Contact Jacqueline Sookermany, BS2S Coordinator

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We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia for Big Steps 2 Success.