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Make a difference in the lives of youth by becoming a youth education mentor.

Welcome to My Life, That's Just MeBoys 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 they need to achieve a smooth transition to high school.

How the programs work

Our programs offer a variety of activities and are delivered over nine 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

We need your help to run our after-school programs. You'd work with 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.

Choose your mentor category


You are post-secondary, college or university-aged. You're a practicum student or you need volunteer hours. You’re looking to build your leadership skills by working with youth and giving back to the community. 

High School Ambassador

You are currently in high school grades 10 through 12. You can give grade seven students the most insight into the life of a high school student and act as a positive role model.

Wisdom Champion

You are an adult with life experience to share. As a Wisdom Champion, you will support the facilitators, high school ambassadors and grade seven participants alike.

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

Apply now

We welcome applications year-round for either fall or spring sessions. Apply online today

For more information, contact the Youth Team at youth@ywcavan.org | 604 895 5844