Youth Mentorship Program
Operating under Yorktown Family Services at the West Toronto Youth Hub, the Youth Mentorship Program (YMP) aims to empower and improve mental health outcomes of young people between the ages of 12-25 through one-to-one and group mentoring. In fulfilling our purpose, we operate through mental health-informed principles, strengths-based and youth engagement approaches, and through consistent support and engagement from volunteer mentors.
Through YMP, we work in building youth resilience and in enhancing their protective factors against negative health outcomes. More specifically, the program provides youth a health and close relationship with a consistent adult (mentor). Through this match, youth gain access to the skills and resources that are necessary in their academic and professional success, and in their engagement in communities. By achieving these goals, the program ultimately improves youth’s wellbeing and prevents negative mental health outcomes such as stress, anxiety, and depression.
How to Get a Mentor
To get access to a one-to-one mentor, we invite youth to participate in the YM Bootcamp (YMB). YMB is a 7-week program that prepares youth for a mentoring relationship by equipping them with coping, goal-setting, communication, and other life-skills; and by providing them a safe space to meet and interact with like-minded and goal-oriented youth. At the end of the program, youth get the opportunity to meet possible mentors and help inform the matching decision.
A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future, and believe it can be obtained.
One to One Mentoring
Youth can be matched with a mentor one on one. In this match youth are able to develop a healthy relationship with their mentor while receiving individual support, working on personal goals related to employment, education, civic & community engagement.
Youth can be matched in a group setting with mentors in a 2:5 ratio. Group mentoring programs encourage an environment for activities that develop mentee skills, positive peer interactions, and a sense of belonging which can also contribute to positive outcomes for youth. Activities can include community based outings, workshops, and specialized events.
One to One mentoring matches and/or Group matches will meet for 3 hours a week, once a week out in the community for a minimum commitment of one year.
Interested in Finding Out More?
Interested in becoming a part of the Youth Mentorship Program either as a mentee or volunteer? Find out more about this opportunity by attending one of our monthly orientation sessions. In these sessions you will learn about:
- The Youth Mentorship Program
- The Enrollment & Matching Process
- Building Goals that lead to success
- Ongoing Opportunities for Matches
- Training & Support
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Why should I become a mentee?
- The opportunity to build a strong positive relationship with an adult from the community
- Get help with goal-setting
- Monthly events & fun activities
- Research shows that being paired with a mentor:
- Enables youth to earn more money!
- Enables youth to do better in school!
- Enables youth to build stronger and healthier relationships!
- Increases self-esteem & confidence!
Why should I become a mentor?
- The opportunity to build a strong positive relationship with youth from the community
- Access to year-round training programs, events, and activities
- Monthly group events & fun activities
- Research shows that becoming a mentor
- Improves self-esteem & confidence!
- Improves leadership skills!
- Provides a sense of accomplishment!
- Builds networking capacity!
Interested in becoming a mentor? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your full name, phone number, email address, and how you found out about this opportunity.
Mentorship Program Funded by: Ontario Ministry of Children & Youth Services