Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia announces launch of OurSpace an online e-Mentoring program. 

October 19, 2015 – As part of Australia’s Youth Mentoring Week, Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia today announced the launch of OurSpace, an online e-mentoring program that will help connect children in need with mentors around the country, regardless of geographic location.“With the support of our wonderful partner The Walt Disney Company, we are excited to announce the launch of OurSpace, a newly-developed, innovative and fun way for children to connect and build positive relationships with adult role models online in the digital world”, said Sherilyn Hanson, 

Connecting Bigs & Littles everywhere

In the past, mentoring through Big Brothers Big Sisters in Australia has been limited due to geographic distance with Bigs and Littles required to live within 30 minutes transport time of each other.  OurSpace removes that barrier by leveraging digital technology to bridge the geographic divide, allowing Bigs and Littles to form positive relationships online, regardless of where they live.  This technology will allow Big Brothers Big Sisters to expand into areas they do not currently serve, such as Tasmania, Perth and Canberra, with the plan to expand into other regions of Australia. 

OurSpace also can be used in specialist support areas to help children who may not be able to participate in traditional mentoring relationships due to chronic illness, unstable mental health, physical disabilities, and exclusion or isolation due cultural and other reasons.

 

A place to grow, learn & share

OurSpace provides Bigs and Littles with a safe and secure digital environment to build a positive and interactive relationship online.  The platform is anchored in the professional experience of Big Brothers Big Sisters social workers who monitor and support the e-mentoring matches online. The OurSpace platform offers the ability to moderate, record and archives each mentoring interaction in real time, which provides for the continuation of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ best practice mentoring processes in the digital environment.

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