Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area received their largest donation in agency history on Wednesday at $650,000.
The organization said the money will be used to match more young people with mentors, help support staff and create more experiences for matches.
According to a press release, in 2019, 64% of BBBS Calgary community program mentees experienced four or more childhood adversities, including mental illness, bereavement and stress. That number has since risen to 86%.
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At its Annual General Meeting, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) announced the donation of the Canadian Progress Club, a non-profit association of charitable-minded Canadians.
“This donation from CPC is the latest in a long history of support, reminding us that mentorship is a cause worth investing in. It sends a signal to the community about what mentorship means,” said Ken Lima-Coelho, President and CEO of BBBS Calgary and Area.
“A healthy adult who wants to invest their time and energy in creating this relationship can be transformational.”
“It can literally train the brains of these children and impact the opportunities they will seek out in the future. This gift helps us do just that.
To date, CPC has donated over $7 million to BBBS Calgary and Region.
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