The main goal of the Mentorship Program is to connect Indigenous youth ages 12-15 years old to trained community volunteer mentors. With the support of positive role-models, Indigenous youth can build upon their strengths and work towards their 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, independent and confident adults. Together, youth and mentors participate in fun, positive and healthy community-based activities.
The Mentorship Program is great for Indigenous youth who are willing to work towards positive change in their lives by accepting and making the most of the mentorship opportunities. 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 program partners with volunteer mentors from all backgrounds, who engage in meaningful and supportive relationships with Indigenous youth. The Program Coordinator works with both mentors and youth to help to build and maintain a positive youth/mentor relationship.
- Positive social, educational, cultural, sports, and recreation mentorship opportunities
- Offers support, assistance, advocacy and/or guidance to Indigenous youth and volunteer mentors involved in the program
- Occasional group activities to encourage interaction between youth and mentors
How to get involved
Indigenous youth ages of 12-15 years old can self-refer or be referred by someone else, as long as the youth is aware of and receptive to the referral, as this is a voluntary program. MCFD employees can access the referral form through 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 Indigenous youth. Potential volunteers must be at least 21 years old, undergo an interview, reference check and criminal record check, and complete a training session.
We appreciate donations of tickets for events that youth and their mentors can attend together.
Depending on the type, size and value of the donation, UNYA may be able to provide a tax receipt. Please call the Program Manager at 604-254-7732 to discuss your possible donation.
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