Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Toronto

I have to say the support that [the instructors] provided the bigs and littles is amazing – the best that I have seen yet.

 

— John Cox
BBBST Program Coordinator

 

I believe that magic is a wonderful medium to help kids develop confidence and interpersonal skills, so I whole-heartedly endorse this program.

 

— Chris
BBBST Volunteer / “Big”

In 2009, My Magic Hands teamed up with Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Toronto (BBBST) and the Group Activities Program.

While a group of children (“Littles”) wait to be permanently matched with a mentor (“Bigs”) BBBST hosts group events where volunteer Bigs join children for group activities, usually on a weekly or bi-weekly occasion. My Magic Hands, because of its interactive nature and structured learning, was found to complement well with BBBST’s group activity programming.

Ever since the winter of 2009, Magicana and BBBST have been working together to deliver My Magic Hands. BBBST recruit volunteers (“Bigs”) and participants (“Littles”) and Magicana provides all instruction, volunteer coaching and program execution.

Not only do we engage the youth in a fun and interactive program, we also provide BBBST with a new tool to reach out to youth and  introduce them to meaningful mentorship. At the end of the day, Littles who participated in the program invite their families and other community members to attend The Big Show, where they showcase the tricks they learned throughout the day. Unanimously, the Littles amaze, surprise and entertain the 100+ sized audience with all the charms and subtleties of professionals.

The entire experience open many opportunities for fun, learning, mentorship and bonding – all the hallmarks of My Magic Hands and BBBST’s program goals.