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In-School Mentoring

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In School Mentoring 


In School Mentoring provides girls and boys with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with, within school grounds. For one hour a week, Mentors meet with their Mentee and engage in activities such as board games, crafts or just hang out in the playground.

The In School Mentoring program requires a weekly visit of 1 hour for the duration of the school year. Matches do not meet over the summer break or during other school holidays.We work with volunteers to ensure the day, time and area of the City works well for them.

There are a handful of steps to complete the enrollment process and consist of:

1. Complete a Volunteer Application, including a Police Information Check and Child Welfare Intervention Record Check.

2. Participate in an Applicant Interview. We want to make the best match possible, and take into consideration your interests, personality and availability,  to ensure a compatible match.

3. Attend Pre-Match Training and Agency Orientation where you will learn more about the opportunity that awaits you.

The program strives to do the following:

  • provide a role model and a friend for girls and boys.
  • promote the importance of staying in school and healthy relationships with family and peers.
  • instill trust and self-confidence in order to make healthy decisions.
  • encourage leadership skills and independent thinking.
  • and above all, make a difference while having fun.

In-School Mentoring Makes a Big Difference

  • 90% of mentors saw a positive change in the child they were mentoring*
  • 88% of students showed improved literacy skills*
  • 64% had developed higher levels of self-esteem *

I started working with my grade two Mentee in the fall of 2012 and continued with her until the end of the school year. I enjoyed getting to know her through doing crafts together, playing games, and baking treats to share with her class. My Mentee was very shy when I first met her, but I really noticed a change as the year went by. She really came out of her shell, a change her teacher noticed as well. Her teacher reported my Mentee really looked forward to our visits and always returned to class with a big smile on her face. Her teacher also commented on my Mentee’s improved interaction in the classroom with her peers. My Mentee came from a large family, so having a friend to herself, whose focus was solely on her, was very valuable. I gained a lot from my time with my Mentee as well, enjoying an hour of fun during the week, and being reminded to enjoy life and see the world through the eyes of a child.

~Caitlin (In School Mentor)

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If you would like to learn more about becoming a mentor or donating to the In-School  Mentoring program we welcome your questions.  You can apply now contact us or contact Krysten Lutz directly at Krysten.Lutz@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca  for more information.

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