Minister of Children’s Services Rebecca Schulz and Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange issued the following statement on International Mentoring Day:

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“On Jan. 17, we celebrate International Mentoring Day to thank volunteer mentors for the important difference they make in the lives of children and youth. “Mentors are caring individuals who help young people develop confidence, self-esteem and a sense of belonging. Children and youth build resiliency through these relationships, and gain skills they need to reach their full potential and …

E-EVAL: Building Capacity to Evaluate Virtual Mentorship Programs

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What A two-part learning opportunity taking place online. During this learning opportunity you will (1) learn about the purpose and steps to completing an evaluation, and (2) design and complete an evaluation of your organization’s virtual mentorship program. The learning opportunity will include online classes and personalized coaching to support you in learning about evaluation, completing an evaluation, and sharing …

One-on-one mentoring helps youth navigate stressful adversity

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A recent poll done by Canada-wide non-profit Jack.Org, an organization empowering young people to take action in their communities and revolutionize mental health, found that over half of students returning to school are feeling disconnected and unsupported by their schools. This is not surprising, given the worry families feel as rules and regulations continue to change across Calgary’s schools, adding …

Connections First

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An infographic is a great way to introduce the “why” and “what” of the project. The intent of this infographic is that it be used as a quick means of assimilating some of the evidence and data that was collected over the past couple years and essentially set the context and build the case for why change is needed. It’s …

International Mentoring Day: Ministers LaGrange, Schulz

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Jan 17, 2020 Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange and Minister of Children’s Services Rebecca Schulz issued the following statement for International Mentoring Day: “Jan. 17 is International Mentoring Day, on which we recognize the thousands of mentors across the province who play critical roles in the lives of young Albertans every day. “Mentoring helps young people by strengthening their skills, …

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 …

Let’s Talk Masculinity — Tips For Mentors

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“Supporting young people in exploring gender and navigating difference is an essential part of preparing them for an increasingly complex, global, interconnected society and workforce.”  MENTOR has recently released a new guide: “Conversations about Masculinity: How Mentors Can Support Young Men of Color” What do healthy expressions of manhood or masculinity mean to you? What did you think about the …