Giving thanks for the helpers: we are needed now more than ever.

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In the fairly near future, many of the children entering your local school will become your neighbours, colleagues, and eventually, future caregivers. Every day you are given another opportunity to help determine what kind of future we will share. We have been through boom and bust times before, floods, fires, and crises. We have a strong Alberta tradition of standing up for one another in …

Two Exciting Leadership Opportunities for Your Staff.

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Relationships are developmental when they help young people discover who they are, develop abilities to shape their own lives, and learn how to engage with and contribute to the world around them. A Spark is the hidden flame inside every young person that taps into their true passions, talents, skills, and dreams. This workshop helps you be intentional and strategic …

Rethinking Newcomer Volunteer Recruitment: Reviewing Roadblocks to Newcomer Volunteer Recruitment

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Volunteer Canada shared this excellent blog post about engaging newcomers to Canada in volunteer opportunities, which made us think about our mentoring recruitment practices. There are many unique opportunities to engage newcomers, immigrants, and refugees as mentors. If you have not done so already, please check out our toolkit on Mentoring Immigrant Refugee Newcomer Children and Youth here. Volunteer Canada had …

Mentoring as an early intervention: A proactive approach to youth homelessness with David French, A Way Home

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Did you know that your youth mentoring program actually acts as a protective factor against youth homelessness? In addition to the multitude of other positive academic and social outcomes that a quality mentoring relationship provides, the role of a mentor in growing natural supports and resilience in a young person was identified as an important Early Intervention in the recently …

Mary Lee Block, Forensic Adolescent Program: Innovative Mentoring Programs: Supporting Youth Involved in the Legal System with a Mental Health Diagnosis

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Healthy habits and healthy relationships are essential for all youth, especially those with more complex needs. How does your mentoring program support wrap-around service supports, and how can you better work together with partners? The Forensic Adolescent Program is an Alberta Health Services program for adolescent youth who are involved in the legal system and have a mental health diagnosis. …

Press Release: Canadian Mentoring Partnership Launches Now Recruiting Management Team to Support Youth Mentoring in Canada

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Today, the Canadian Mentoring Partnership (CMP) announced its senior leadership and identified its first order of business: to recruit a strong management team. Canadian Mentoring Partnership is Canada’s first coalition of organizations that provide youth mentoring.  Its mandate is to build sector capacity to expand access to mentoring across Canada. CMP was launched by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, the Alberta Mentoring Partnership …

Canadian Mentoring Partnership: Job Postings

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Canadian Mentoring Partnership (CMP) is a new coalition of organizations that provide youth mentoring. Our goal is to build sector capacity to expand access to mentoring across Canada. Our work is focused in four areas: research, technology, public education and development of regional networks.   CMP was launched by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, the Alberta Mentoring Partnership and the Ontario …

WEBINAR: Innovative Mentoring Programs: Supporting Youth Involved in the Legal System with a Mental Health Diagnosis – Mary Lee Block

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Healthy habits and healthy relationships are essential for all youth, especially those with more complex needs. How does your mentoring program support wrap-around service supports, and how can you better work together with partners? The Forensic Adolescent Program is an Alberta Health Services program for adolescent youth who are involved in the legal system and have a mental health diagnosis. …

Interview with Liz O’Neill, Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters Edmonton & Area

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Welcome to the Alberta Mentoring Partnership Mentoring Minute Podcast. In today’s episode, we are joined by Liz O’Neill who, among other roles, is a Co-Chair of the Alberta Mentoring Partnership, and Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area. Many of our listeners know Liz and have likely crossed paths along the journey with her. But for …