At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we believe every child should have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential – both as individuals and citizens. We believe that by changing the course of young lives we can in turn be changing the course of a community’s future.
Start Talking is a place where we want to raise awareness of key issues that face today’s youth. We will sometimes advocate, sometimes educate, sometimes inform, sometimes ask questions and always invite discussion about the pressing concerns that involve the younger generations of today.


Monday, January 27, 2014

Supporting Newcomer Youth with Conversation


By a newcomer youth in the Conversation Club Program at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel

As a youth and student, I have been able to learn a variety of different things from many different people. The fact that we live in a very diverse society today, it is important that we learn a little form every culture. Being new to Canada, it may be a little difficult to cope with the style of living and, in most cases, the education system; however, when clubs like ‘The Conversation Club” are created to support the youth, it becomes much easier.

As a member of this club, I have grown to appreciate many different people from many different cultures. The Conversation Club, which is held Monday afternoons, allows youths to become more open-minded about different situations and teaches them to react accordingly. It has been a very exciting experience for me, simply because I get to be the person I am. It feels less awkward to step into a room of ten people, whom you are familiar with, rather than stepping into a building of thirteen thousand total strangers.

At the Conversation Club, I am allowed to express myself and feel comfortable amongst my colleagues and get help on any issue of which I am unsure. I have learned a lot from the mentors who are always willingly to assist in any possible way. It has been great fun being a member of this club and I have been able to address the public with more confidence. I have been able to develop the common love for my fellow club members and the necessary respect for the mentors and volunteers.

I can safely say, “The Conversation Club” has done a great job in making me feel comfortable in my own skin."

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