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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 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 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:

Facilitator

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

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:
Adam Butz 
tel 604 895 5779
abutz@ywcavan.org