Mentoring Matters - Alberta Mentoring Partnership

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Mentoring is the presence of a caring individual(s) who provides a young person with support, advice, friendship, reinforcement and constructive role modelling over time.

The Alberta Mentoring Partnership (AMP) consists of community mentoring agencies, government and youth working together to raise the profile of mentoring in Alberta.

To achieve this goal, AMP partners are collaborating to establish and enhance mentoring programs in local communities. We're helping build capacity by providing access to best practices and sound research supported by tools and resources that will help mentoring agencies start new programs or make existing programs even better.

Ultimately, AMP exists to help community mentoring programs meet the needs of the children and youth they serve.

To learn more please visit: http://www.albertamentors.ca

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Mentoring Matters - Alberta Mentoring Partnership

  1. 1. What is Mentoring?• Mentoring is the presence of a caring individual(s) who provides a young person with support, advice, friendship, reinforcement and constructive role modelling over time.
  2. 2. You don’t have to be superhuman Many people think it takes special skills or accomplishments to be a mentor. Mentors come from all walks of life. What mentors have in common is the desire to make a positive difference in the life of a young person.
  3. 3. Benefits of Mentoring  Positive impact on school attendance, social skills, attitude and behaviour with friends and family.  Helps prevent involvement in alcohol, drugs and crime.
  4. 4. Mentoring is Powerful• Mentoring is a powerful way of supporting a young person by teaching skills, listening to their perspectives and fostering in them a sense of belonging.
  5. 5. Without Mentors…In a school board in western Canada:  100% correlation between students dropping out of school in Grade 10 and not having a caring relationship with an adult at school.
  6. 6. Statistical Support for Mentoring• Making a Difference An impact study of Big Brothers/Big Sisters (1995) Children and youth with mentors experienced:  46% less involvement in substance use  70% less substance use in African American youth  33% reduction in violent behaviour  50% reduction in school truancy  significant improvement in school performance and interactions with parents
  7. 7. Mentoring is Rewarding You don’t have to be superhuman to be a mentor, but you can feel like it.
  8. 8. Mentoring is Rewarding There is a waiting list of young people in Alberta looking for a mentor. What are you waiting for?
  9. 9. How to Get Involved! Lots of ways to be a mentor: in a school, a formal mentoring program or informally as opportunities present themselves! You don’t have to invest a lot of time. A formal mentoring option can be tailored for your schedule.
  10. 10. Alberta Mentoring Partnership AMP is a partnership of government ministries, government-funded organizations, community agencies and youth representation working together to provide more mentoring opportunities for Alberta’s children and youth.
  11. 11. AMP’s Vision Every child who needs a mentor has access to a mentor.
  12. 12. Conclusion Together, we have to ensure children and youth are properly cared for in society, have positive adult mentors in their lives, and are raised in safe, nurturing families.

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