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As Canada’s leading child and youth mentoring charity, Big Brothers Big Sisters facilitates life-changing relationships that inspire and empower children and youth to reach their potential, both as individuals and citizens.

Our History in Hamilton & Burlington, Ontario

For nearly 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been making a positive difference in the lives of our community's at-risk youth.

Locally, Big Brother Association of Burlington and Hamilton-Wentworth evolved under the leadership of the Rotary Club of Hamilton in 1921. It was designed to assist boys brought before Magistrate's Court.

The original purpose of the Association was

  1. to work toward the prevention and cure of juvenile delinquency;
  2. to co-operate with Juvenile Court for the reformation and care of the boys coming in contact with the Court; and
  3. to consider and discuss all questions related to underprivileged youth.

In 2003 Big Sister Youth Services and the Big Brother Association of Burlington and Hamilton-Wentworth merged their Matching Programs and the organization began operating as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington.

To meet our mission of providing quality mentoring relationships to children in need, we rely on the support of donors, volunteers and corporate/community partners. Our vision is to significantly contribute to the healthy development of youth in our community.

Our Charitable Registration Number is: 10679 2989 RR0001


We currently are incurring a long waitlist, and are in need of volunteer mentors.

  • Are you 18 years of age or older?
  • Are you interested in positively benefitting the life of a child?
  • Do you have 2-3 hours a week to dedicate to a rewarding friendship?

Click here to apply to be a mentor today!