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What is Mentoring?. Mentoring is the presence of a caring individual(s) who provides a young person with support, advice, friendship, reinforcement and constructive role modelling over time. You don’t have to be superhuman.

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What is mentoring
What is Mentoring?

  • Mentoring is the presence of a caring individual(s) who provides a young person with support, advice, friendship, reinforcement and constructive role modelling over time.


You don t have to be superhuman
You don’t have to be superhuman

  • Many people think it takes special skills or accomplishments to be a mentor.

  • Mentors come from all walks of life.

  • What mentors have in common is the desire to make a positive difference in the life of a young person.


Benefits of mentoring
Benefits of Mentoring

  • Positive impact on school attendance, social skills, attitude and behaviour with friends and family.

  • Helps prevent involvement in alcohol, drugs and crime.


Mentoring is powerful
Mentoring is Powerful

  • Mentoring is a powerful way of supporting a young person by teaching skills, listening to their perspectives and fostering in them a sense of belonging.


Without mentors
Without Mentors

In a school board in western Canada:

  • 100% correlation between students dropping out of school in Grade 10 and not having a caring relationship with an adult at school.


Statistical support for mentoring
Statistical Support for Mentoring

  • Making a Difference  An impact study of Big Brothers/Big Sisters (1995)

    Children and youth with mentors experienced:

    • 46%less involvement in substance use

    • 70%less substance use in African American youth

    • 33%reduction in violent behaviour

    • 50%reduction in school truancy

    • significant improvement in school performance and interactions with parents


Mentoring is rewarding
Mentoring is Rewarding

You don’t have to be

superhuman to be a mentor, but you can feel like it.


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Mentoring is Rewarding

There is a waiting list of young people in Alberta looking for a mentor.

What are you waiting for?


How to get involved
How to Get Involved!

  • Lots of ways to be a mentor: in a school, a formal mentoring program or informally as opportunities present themselves!

  • You don’t have to invest a lot of time.

  • A formal mentoring option can be tailored for your schedule.


Alberta mentoring partnership
Alberta Mentoring Partnership

  • AMP is a partnership of government ministries, government-funded organizations, community agencies and youth representation working together to provide more mentoring opportunities for Alberta’s children and youth.


Amp s vision
AMP’s Vision

Every child who needs a mentor has access to a mentor.


Conclusion
Conclusion

Together, we have to ensure children and youth are properly cared for in society, have positive adult mentors in their lives, and are raised in safe, nurturing families.


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