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Volunteer Mentors – Mentorship Program

Program and Volunteer Description

 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 with a healthy 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.

 As such, we are seeking passionate and committed mentors to support our youth our one to one mentorship program.

 Mentor Requirements/Qualification:

  1. 18 + years.
  2. Sound understanding of the commitment required for mentoring.
  3. Mental health oriented experience or familiarity is an asset.
  4. Great communication skills.
  5. Commitment to the time required (minimum 12 months, estimated 1-3 hours weekly virtual due to Covid-19 pandemic).
  6. Availability for a mandatory virtual training and matching process.

Mentor Duties/Responsibilities:

  1. Successful completion of the application and assessment process.
  2. Co-development of a mentorship plan with the mentee.
  3. Provision of support and guidance to help the mentee navigate life as a young adult.
  4. Consistent engagement and interaction with mentee via phone, email, virtually and in-person.
  5. Completion of program surveys, evaluations, and other relevant administrative tasks.
  6. Work collaboratively, and in consultation with the Youth Mentorship Program Coordinator to best inform ongoing engagement with the mentee.
  7. Participation in relevant professional development opportunities. 

Matching Process:

  • Matches will be made on the consideration of age, interests, cultural and other identities.
  • Care will be given to ensure that both mentors and mentee feel comfortable with their match and have opportunities to get to know one another before being matched.

Benefits for Mentors:

  1. Training in an array of areas such as mental health, communication, youth engagement and development, anti-oppression, etc.
  2. Increased skills in working with youth and mental health.
  3. Support programming staff to deliver meaningful opportunities to youth in a safe and supportive environment.
  4. Gain new transferable skills and work experience to enhance professional profile.
  5. Meet and interact with new people and receive networking opportunities.

Application and Assessment Process

  1. Submission of an application form to Youth Mentorship Program – Yorktown Family Services.
  2. Participation in a one-to-one interview with a program staff.
  3. Submission of a vulnerable sector screening and three references.
  4. Successful completion of mandatory virtual/in-person training and online training.
  5. Signing of relevant forms including agreement of confidentiality and code of conduct.
  6. Notification of acceptance/non-acceptance in the program.

Yorktown is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity. Yorktown welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

For questions and applications, please email Naomi Baptiste at   NaomiB@yorktownfamilyservices.com.

Please include your name, contact details, and how you found out about this opportunity.

Youth Mentorship Volunteer Application https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MQK9RDP


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