Goals/ Purpose of Program
The mandate of the Mentorship Program is to connect Native youth to volunteer Mentors in the community. With the support of positive role-models, Native youth have the opportunity to realize their strengths and work towards future goals. The program aims to empower youth and provide them with the tools they need to make positive choices and changes, helping them grow into strong, capable and confident adults.
The Mentorship program partners with volunteer Mentors from all backgrounds, who engage in meaningful and supportive relationships with 12 - 15 year old Native youth. Mentors commit to meet with their youth for a minimum of one year. Together, they participate in fun, positive and healthy community-based activities.
The Mentorship Program is great for Native youth who are willing to work towards positive change in their lives by accepting and making the most of the mentorship opportunities that will be offered to them. Youth must be willing to commit to meeting with a volunteer Mentor for two to four hours per week for at least one year.
- The Mentorship Coordinator works to provide Native youth in Vancouver with positive social, educational, cultural, sports, and recreation mentorship opportunities
- The Mentorship Coordinator provides support, assistance, advocacy and/or guidance to Native youth and volunteer Mentors involved in the program
- Occasional group activities to encourage interaction between youth participants and volunteer Mentors
How Youth Can Become Involved
Native youth between the ages of 12 to 15 can self-refer or be referred by a third party, as long as they are aware of and receptive to the referral, as this is a voluntary program. MCFD employees can access the referral form through the MCFD. Self-referral forms can be made available by contacting the Mentorship Program directly.
We welcome enquiries from energetic and dependable individuals who can commit to at least one year of volunteering, for two to four hours a week, and are willing to share their knowledge and experience with Native youth. Potential volunteers must be at least 21 years of age or older, and be willing to undergo an interview, reference check, a criminal record check, and complete a training session.
Donations of tickets for events that youth and their mentors can attend together are greatly appreciated.
BC Ministry of Children & Family Development
How to contact us:
1618 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V5L 1S6