In-School Mentoring is our fastest growing program. It involves spending one hour a week with a child, doing non-academic activities in the youth's school. It's about being some a child can talk to and learn from - sharing interests with them, encouraging them, building on their strengths, all of which can lead to improved self-esteem and more positive outlook on their life.
- Where: Varies around the community area
- Location: Red Deer , Sylvan Lake , Innisfail , Delburne , Bowden , Spruce View , Penhold , Springbrook , Elnora
- When: 8:45 am - 3:45 pm
- “Littles” are age 5-16 years
- “Bigs” are age 18 and older
- Mentoring can occur in a school that works best for you
- Mentoring is 1 hour a week
- You schedule the time that fits your schedule
- Mentoring is during school hours
We believe in the value and values of mentoring. Studies show that mentoring helps kids stay in school, avoid risky behaviors such as bullying, and grow up having more respect for family, peers, and community.
The In-School Mentoring program provides mentees 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.
A study commissioned by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada clearly validates the beneficial impact programs such as In-School Mentoring has on children.
- 90% of mentors saw a positive change in the child they were mentoring *
- 88% of students showed improved literacy skills *
- 64% of students developed higher levels of self-esteem *
*Employer Supported Volunteerism – conducted by Northstar Research Partners, 20015
While positively influencing the life of a child is reason enough, our mentors never shy away from telling us that by being a mentor they experience tremendous gain in their own lives.
Changing young lives can change life in our communities. Helping children reach their full potential can lead to positive community outcomes like a reduction in poverty and unemployment, safer schools and neighbourhoods, and a new generation of civic-minded adults.
There are many children in Red Deer waiting for mentors. To learn more about the “positive outcome potential” of mentoring and the various ways you can get involved contact us today.
HAVE A QUESTION?
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