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What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is the relationship between an adult (mentor) and child (mentee) that provides young people with the guidance, support and encouragement that will make a positive and lasting difference in their lives. Children's Aid staff work to form these relationships with children and youth in their programs and locations, but many of our mentoring programs depend on volunteer mentors.

Character development is a key component of The Children's Aid Society's mentoring programs. To that end, mentors provide career exploration, life skills discussion groups, educational activities and academic support. Each program is overseen by a program facilitator who works alongside each mentor and guides them in completing the program activities and components.

What Mentoring Programs are Available?

Several different types of mentoring opportunities are available. They focus on homework help, reading, sports and just plain having fun. Programs meet weekly, on either a weekday evening or Saturday. Mentees range in age from 9-18.

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