Three years ago, we partnered with Alberta Mentoring Partnership in developing a mentoring program for our school.
Providing children with the right kinds of experiences at the right times is critical to their development. Alberta’s schools can build strong brains and strong citizens by connecting children with well-trained mentors who can support them as they learn and grow. Mentoring is an invaluable service provided by caring schools and community organizations across Alberta.
Why is Mentoring Important?
Mentoring is a powerful way of lending support to a young person by teaching skills, listening to their perspectives and creating a sense of belonging.
Research tells us that children need a positive adult influence (like a mentor) in their lives. Children who engage with adults in developmentally supportive ways are:
more likely to achieve high academic performance
more likely to participate in extracurricular school activities
less likely to have behaviour problems in school
less likely to be bullied or victimized
Alberta’s success depends on all of our contributions to the well-being of children. Spending as little as an hour a week with a young person can make a difference to them and to Alberta’s future.
What are the Perks of Mentoring?
The entire province benefits from mentors’ involvement in the community and with our children.
Play an important role in helping tomorrow’s leaders to be better citizens.
Make your community a better place. Everyone benefits from a stronger Alberta, and your commitment will be your legacy.
Share life lessons and feel good about giving back and making a meaningful difference in the life of a young person.
Network with like-minded caring adults. Share experiences, resources, tools, and advice with fellow mentors.
Add a meaningful experience to your life. Broaden your horizons outside of your work.
Enhance your work and personal life with transferable skills like better communication, organization, leadership, and problem-solving.
At its most basic level, mentoring assures a young person that there are adults who care about them and can help them deal with day-to-day challenges.
The Alberta Mentoring Partnership is dedicated to the success of mentoring organizations and programs across the province. We offer tools and resources to help mentors contribute to children’s better health and well-being.
Mentoring is interacting in a positive, supportive, and enriching capacity with children and youth. Young brains are continuously under construction throughout childhood and adolescence, and interacting with caring adults strengthens the architecture of developing brains.
Mentoring connects children and youth to community resources that engage young people in activities and relationships that support their growth and continued well being.
Mentoring gives children and youth a positive role model who provides support, advice, and friendship.
Alberta is made better by the contributions of all citizens. Mentoring helps children and youth realize their potential, achieve their educational goals, and contribute to our community.
Anyone can be a mentor. It doesn’t take any special skills or talents, simply a commitment to be a caring adult in the life of a child