This semester I’ve decided to take part in a program called Go Girls, which is run by the Big Brothers Big Sisters agency of Squamish.
It is a mentoring program for 10-14 year old girls in Squamish -aimed at Quest university students as volunteers. (Due to our busy schedule and the shifting times we are available as part of the block plan -the typical mentoring programs of BBBS did not work for the typical student at Quest as it requires a set time to mentor a youth throughout the year and our schedule changes month-to-month).
We will be meeting every Thursday starting next week for the next 8 weeks facilitating workshops -discussions/games/fun activities/etc. on the topics of wellness: healthy eating (the coordinator told us a past favourite snack was “chocolate pudding” made of cocao, avacado, and banana), staying active (we will be doing activities every week, including skipping!), and being kind to oneself.
We will discuss issues such as body image, media, bullying, drugs and alcohol, and self-esteem.
This Thursday we had a 6 hour training session where we were introduced completely to the program and our upcoming role. There are 6 of us from Quest -including one of the admissions counsellors (Carmen!).
We discussed the activities we will be running and practiced some of them, including a warm-up where we stood in a line and were timed while passing a rubber chicken over one persons head and between the legs of the next. As the chicken reached the end that person ran to the front and continued until the person that began at the front returned to their place.
It was a long, but beneficial training and twice when I left the room I was surprised to realize I was still at Quest. Quest is absolutely incredible and amazing and definitely my favourite place in the world, but it’s nice to escape every once in a while and I feel like Go Girls will be perfect for that.
I’m so excited to have the opportunity to volunteer in Squamish. Squamish is an amazing community that I have not (in my year and a half living here) investigated at all.
I also cannot wait to work with girls and be a resource for them. I wish I had been able to go through a program like this -promoting health and wellness- when I was a girl. I am really looking forward to being able to provide the service to others.
I’m looking forward to learning from this program things they don’t teach in school -with and from the girls I will be mentoring.