What is Mentoring Month?
Wherever you are in Alberta, there is a young person who could use mentoring from someone like you. We know the two greatest volunteer and program recruitment opportunities are in September and January. Building on the great work done by MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership in the United States and now by MENTOR Canada, we are running a concurrent province-wide push to support mentoring.
Mentoring is a powerful way of lending support to a young person by teaching skills, listening to their perspectives and creating a sense of belonging and connection. Spending time with a young person may seem simple, but science tells us that healthy interactions with supportive adults can boost children’s brain development, mental health, and well-being.
It doesn’t take any special skills to be a mentor. If you find yourself reading this, you already have what it takes: an interest in making a difference in the life of a child. Whether you want to spend time with a child or youth once a week or once a month, there are many mentoring opportunities that fit your schedule.
Themes this Year:
- Week One: Why I am a Mentor
- Week Two: Indigenous Mentoring
- Week Three: Importance of Male Mentors
- Week Four: Mentors are Everywhere!