AMP Mentoring News – 2016 National Mentoring Symposium Call for Proposals

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Seeking Presentation Proposals for National Mentoring Symposium

National Mentoring Symposium 2016
The National Mentoring Symposium is seeking presentation proposals for its upcoming 2016 symposium. The event will be hosted in Banff, Alberta at the Rimrock Resort from November 2 – 4, 2016. This will be Canada’s second national conference on mentoring and will strive to advance the unique contributions of mentoring to the well- being of children and youth, volunteer mentors and communities across Canada by highlighting innovative partnerships, promising practices or programs and the state of the research.
Thematic areas include:

  • Exemplary and innovative program models and practices
  • Serving specific youth populations
  • Practical program development practices and skills (for example, how to interview, how to train, how to close a match, etc.)
  • Managing risk
  • Research

For more information, please visit

2016 Great Kids Awards

Nominate a Great Kid Today!

The Government of Alberta has opened the call for nominations for the 16th Annual Great Kids Award. The awards celebrate amazing young leaders, who deserve our recognition as role models in our communities. Nominate a young person between ages 5-18 for helping, inspiring and changing the lives of others. All nominees receive a certificate of recognition from the Minister of Human Services. The Great Kids Awards are sponsored by Fantasyland Hotel, and the nomination deadline is November 27, 2015.
To find a nomination form and more information, visit
Great Kids Award 2015 - Alberta

AMP Welcomes our Newest Partners:

Peer Mediation And Skills Training PMAST

Peer Mediation and Skills Training

Peer Mediation And Skills Training (PMAST) is a vibrant and responsive anti-bullying and conflict management program provider. We are committed to providing the foundation for a lasting set of skills to build positive relationships and reduce bullying and violence in schools, homes and communities. PMAST has been developing and providing comprehensive anti-bullying and conflict management programs in Calgary and area since before our incorporation in 2003. PMAST service delivery model provides youth with the core skills to prevent conflict and bullying, with appropriate interventions, and reconnecting disconnected students with their school, family and community. These are important life skills which help youth to deal with the conflict in their lives and to be able to mentor and help one another through these difficult times. The impact of “Youth Helping Youth” is very powerful. It facilitates leadership, good citizenship and prepare students for a successful transition into adulthood. This program is provided to all youth, not just those considered “at risk”, and is inclusive of all ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds.
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Registration is now open for the 2015 FCSSAA Power of Prevention Conference!

Registration is now open for the 2015 FCSSAA Power of Prevention Conference. All registration for the conference will be done electronically, see below for links to register online and to learn more about the conference.
To register for the conference now – Click Here
To learn more – Download – FCSSAA 2015 Conference Program
2015 FCSSAA Power of Prevention Conference

High Risk Youth Conference

May 16-17, 2016: Building Connections

High Risk Youth Conference HRYC
Call for Proposals: The Steering Committee for the 2016 High Risk Youth Conference is pleased to announce that our Call for Proposals is now open. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, November 15, 2015.
They are looking for proposals reflecting the following areas: youth resiliency, youth homelessness, innovative practices, Aboriginal youth and social justice, ethnocultural youth and trauma, community collaboration initiatives, and the voice of youth, which will be consistent with the conference principles:

  • Support for the use of non-traditional methods
  • Inclusivity
  • Youth centered and youth empowering
  • Anti-oppressive practice
  • Evidence based, best practices approach
  • Collaborative service models

For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit

Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, Fourth Edition

Now Available for Download

Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring Fourth Edition MENTOR
Released annually through the U.S.A National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR), the Elements of Effective Practice is a research-informed and practitioner-approved best practices for creating and sustaining impact mentoring relationship and strong program services. The Fourth Edition was released in September 2015 and reflects the most up-to-date research, practice and thinking in the mentoring field.To learn more please visit, or view the Introduction to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring recorded webinar. You can also download the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring here.

Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series: School-Based Mentoring: Strategic Interventions to Maximize Positive Youth Outcomes

The Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series is a monthly free webinar series facilitated by MENTOR, in partnership with a number of mentoring partnerships in the U.S.A.October 2015’s Webinar: School-Based Mentoring: Strategic Interventions to Maximize Positive Youth Outcomes
When: Took place October 2015 and has been recorded for viewing here.
About: Join panelists Dr. Robert Balfanz, PhD, research professor at the Center for the Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education, Cheryl Ward, supervisor of Student and Family Engagement at Columbus City Schools, and Abby Fisher, Vice President of Programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio to learn how to make the most of school-based mentoring!

Tool Highlight: Mentor Training Event Toolkit

Tool - Mentor Training Event Toolkit
The Mentor Training Event Toolkit provides a framework, and supplementary resources, for hosting a training event. These events provide a forum for people interested in mentoring to come together in a large group setting, meet and connect with like-minded individuals, learn leadership skills and receive the necessary training to become successful mentors. Engaging in networking and relationship building with peers and mentoring staff is reported to be one of the biggest factors in mentors remaining involved with the program long term.
The toolkit provides guidelines for planning and hosting an event that will equip potential mentors with the training and tools required to become successful mentors, including helpful tips and best practices. This information is intended to act as a guideline; planning teams should adapt their approach as needed to best suit the needs of their communities. These tools reflect the combined expertise of mentoring organizations across Alberta that have hosted similar training events. In many instances, these forums have resulted in the establishment of new mentoring initiatives and community partnerships, as a result of networking and relationship building opportunities. Resources and templates adapted to suit the needs of a mentor-based training event have been provided.
To learn more and view the toolkit please visit

Teen Mentoring Toolkit

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