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Group Mentoring

  1. 1. … One Child at a Time! Making a Difference …
  2. 2. Group Mentoring <ul><li>Overview </li></ul><ul><li>16 Groups </li></ul><ul><li>2:1 mentoring ratio </li></ul><ul><li>215 youth served in 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Meet two hours during the week </li></ul><ul><li>Engage in fun activities that incorporate culture, recreation and life skills development </li></ul>
  3. 3. Group Program History <ul><ul><li>Program piloted in 1995 in Peel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wait lists were growing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Match process was taking over two years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognized that some children would benefit from two tiered mentoring; both volunteer and peer levels </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Program Overview <ul><li>156 children registered in 16 groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>8 groups Brampton/Caledon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>8 Mississauga groups </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Meet weekly on week night from 7-9PM </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fall (late Sept- early Dec) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Winter (late Jan – March Break) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spring (March Break – early June) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Activities at different locations </li></ul>
  5. 5. Group Structure Wednesday 9-11 years Brampton Intermediate Girls     Tuesday 12 years + Brampton Teen Girls             Brampton/ Caledon   Wednesday 15-18 years Mississauga Senior Girls     Wednesday 12-13 years Mississauga Intermediate Girls     Wednesday 7-10 years Mississauga Junior Girls             Mississauga   Girls Programs Wednesday 15-18 years Brampton Teen Boys     Wednesday 13-14 years Brampton Senior Boys     Wednesday 10-12 years Brampton Intermediate Boys     Tuesday 10-12 years Brampton Intermediate Boys     Tuesday 8-9 years Brampton Junior Boys     Tuesday 7-8 years Brampton Big Buddy (boys & girls)             Brampton/ Caledon   Every second Tuesday 13-17 years Mississauga Basketball Group     Thursday 14-18 years Mississauga Central Senior Boys     Thursday 12-14 years Mississauga West Intermediate Boys     Tuesday 8-11 years Mississauga Junior Boys               Mississauga Boys Programs Meeting Date Age Location Program   Program Area
  6. 6. Program Statistics <ul><li>Parent, Volunteer and Little surveys are conducted end of each year regarding the Group Program </li></ul><ul><li>83% of “Littles” report difference their volunteers make in their lives </li></ul><ul><li>90% of volunteers have reported relationship growth over the year </li></ul><ul><li>88% of parents described volunteer relationship with their child has positively benefited their child </li></ul><ul><li>81% volunteers report feeling effective as a mentor </li></ul>
  7. 7. Program Statistics 68% 71% 79% Increased sense of happiness and hope for the future 69% 71% 78% Increased in self esteem reported 52% 45% 65% Improved family relationships 77% 68% 73% Improved relationships with peers 51% 68% 79% Improved Communication and Social Skills Littles Volunteers Parents Topic (% reporting of positive feedback)
  8. 8. Program Costs and Structure <ul><li>Program costs approximately $315,900 </li></ul><ul><li>Expenses include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Salaries of two full caseworkers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer screening costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Occupancy Costs - Office Space, Computer Equipment, Program Marketing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Program Supplies and Materials </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Characteristics of Group Mentor <ul><li>Regular time each week </li></ul><ul><li>Energy </li></ul><ul><li>Team-oriented </li></ul><ul><li>Able to set boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>Patient and understanding of children’s circumstances </li></ul><ul><li>Interested in participating with children to give children maximum mentoring benefit </li></ul>
  10. 10. Volunteering – Getting Started <ul><li>Volunteers must be 18 years old to mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Complete following forms: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Program Application - different from Development application </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Police Check </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Confidentiality Agreement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Submit references by employer, family and character </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1.5 hours - In person interview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk about personal history, group process and next steps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attend Child Safety Training Session </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Process typically up to 2 months depending on Police Check </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Group Mentor Meetings <ul><li>Group Meetings organized for each group each season includes Caseworker, Team Leader, Group Volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Mentors review the ground rules and levels of expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Caseworkers review pertinent information about children, pre-organized activities and perimeters </li></ul><ul><li>Exchange of contact information </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers assigned children according to geographic proximity </li></ul>
  12. 12. Group Mentoring – Team Leader <ul><li>Each week the Caseworker coordinates with Team Leader </li></ul><ul><li>Team leader </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible for contacting volunteers each week to discuss the event and requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supervises each activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In touch with Caseworker should an incident arise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write brief report of each outing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follows up with the Caseworker after each event </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Group Mentoring – Volunteer <ul><ul><li>Checks in with the Team Leader and gathers information regarding “Littles” requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make arrangements with parents or guardians regarding pick ups and drop offs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ensure they have appropriate child safety seats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>supervise and mentor their children during the evening </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with the Team Leader should incidents arise </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Group Host - Corporate <ul><li>Opportunities for a company or group to host a single or series of activities for one or more groups </li></ul><ul><li>Staff can provide guidance on suitable activities </li></ul><ul><li>Company is responsible for the logistics and costs of the activity </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer mentors supervise the children </li></ul><ul><li>Should last 1-1.5 hours (7:30 – 9:00) and include a snack </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent team-building opportunity </li></ul>
  15. 15. Group Activities - Purpose <ul><li>Activities are designed each week to be fun, interactive and engaging </li></ul><ul><li>Based on three pillars, Culture, Recreation and Life Skills Development </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on helping children to learn about themselves and others in a fun respectful manner </li></ul><ul><li>Important activities are not an extension of school </li></ul>
  16. 16. Program Needs <ul><li>Volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Host Companies </li></ul><ul><li>In-Kind Donations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Snacks like Granola Bars, Juice, Grocery GCs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sports equipment for Group Sports Bag </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gift Certificates – Pizza, DQ, Tim Hortons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Passes – Laser Quest, Bowling, Playdium, Movies, Swimming </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. How Can You Help <ul><li>Do you know someone who would be interested in … </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Being a group mentor? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hosting a Group activity one week? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sponsoring one of our 16 groups? </li></ul></ul>