Medical Students' Association

Big Brothers Big Sisters Elementary

In the Big Brothers Big Sisters Elementary School Program, first and second year volunteer mentors are matched with a child in Grade 3, 4 or 5. Accompanied by their teacher and a BGCBigs staff member, these kids will come to the University once a week at lunch hour to see their mentors. The focus of this program is to introduce elementary school children to the University of Alberta through the eyes of U of A students. This program is intended for children who are likely to benefit from a positive mentor in their life, and who may otherwise not have the opportunity to explore post-secondary education, in hopes of giving them more exposure to different possibilities for the future. As a mentor in this program, you will have the opportunity to build a relationship with a child and act as a positive role model in their life. You will participate in various activities such as playing board games, making crafts and playing “Doctor for a Day” while teaching your mentee about what you learned in medical school! There will also be group activities such as a dodgeball game at the Saville Centre in South Campus, a scavenger hunt throughout the medical school, a visit to the Fishbowl and holiday parties with activities such as cookie decorating and holiday bingo. This is a very rewarding program to be involved in as well as a fun way to spend the lunch hour!

Leaders: Lauren Ruttle-Soon, Cindy Xue 
Contact: ruttleso@ualberta.ca, jcxue@ualberta.ca