Be a youth education mentor
Mentor a young person and give them the opportunity to learn, grow and dream big.
Welcome to My Life, That's Just Me, Boys 4 Real and Being Me are YWCA after-school youth education programs in Vancouver and Surrey. As a mentor, you’ll boost self-esteem and confidence among Grade 7 girls and boys, giving them the tools to achieve a smooth transition to high school.
How the programs work
We deliver our after-school programs with the help of a team of intergenerational volunteer mentors. Two university/college students (facilitators), one high school ambassador and one mature mentor, known as a Wisdom Champion, lead each program.
Our programs offer a variety of activities and are delivered over eight weeks in schools throughout Vancouver and Surrey.
- Fall sessions run from mid-October to mid-December
- Spring sessions run from mid February to late-April
Choose the mentor category that’s right for you:
Facilitators are university/college students who volunteer their time to lead our programs. As a facilitator you will act as a role model, lead the program activities and share your life experience with the Grade 7 participants.
High school ambassador
High school ambassadors are boys and girls who are currently in high school. As a high school ambassador you will share insight into the life of a high school student and act as a positive role model.
Wisdom Champion mentors are adults with life experience. As a Wisdom Champion you will support and encourage the program facilitators and the Grade 7 participants.
What it takes to be a mentor
Each mentor must complete the following:
- 2 days of training provided by the YWCA
- Volunteers need to commit to three hours of service per week for ten weeks, in addition to prep time (1-2 hours per week)
- One 3-hour debrief over dinner upon completion of the program
How to apply
We welcome applications year-round for either fall or spring sessions. Apply online today.
If you have questions about becoming a mentor, contact:
tel 604 895 5779
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