What is Mentoring Month?

The Alberta Mentoring Partnership presents #MentoringMonth in January 2018 to celebrate and raise awareness of mentoring across the province of Alberta. Get involved by becoming a caring mentor to a child in need, learning about mentoring resources and training, and growing mentoring programs across Alberta.

  • #MentoringMonth Events

    Learn what is going on during Mentoring Month. Click here.

  • Start Mentoring Today!

    Show your interest with one of these amazing Mentoring Organizations in Alberta. Click here.

  • Why Mentoring?

    Learn more about the importence of mentoring. Click here.

  • Featured Mentoring Resources

    These are some of the great resources brought to you by the Alberta Mentoring Partnership. Click here.

  • Did you Know?

    Learn more about the impact of mentoring. Click here.

  • Mentoring Champions

    See some of the great individuals throughout Alberta who are champions of mentoring. Click here.

It doesn’t take any special skills to be a mentor. If you find yourself reading this, you already have what it takes: an interest in making a difference in the life of a child. Whether you want to volunteer once a week or once a month, there are many mentoring opportunities that fit your schedule.

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80% of Albertans 18-24 wished they had a mentor when they were younger.
Start 2017 by changing a young person’s life. Become a mentor.

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. Spending time with a young person may seem simple, but science tells us that healthy interactions with supportive adults can boost children’s brain development, mental health, and well-being. Learn more.

It doesn’t take any special skills to be a mentor. If you find yourself reading this, you already have what it takes: an interest in making a difference in the life of a child. Whether you want to volunteer once a week or once a month, there are many mentoring opportunities that fit your schedule.

 

Mentoring Month Events

Theme: Start Mentoring!

who, what where, when, why MENTOR?

  • #MentoringMonth
  • #MentorIRL

Special Events

  • January 4th: I Am a Mentor Day
    • A day for volunteer mentors to celebrate their role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhance their world. Are you a Mentor? Celebrate and let the world know!
  • January 5th: Mentoring Makes the Difference
    • Learn more about how mentoring makes the difference in the lives of children and youth.

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I am a proud #MentoringMonth supporter! I hope you’ll also become a mentor this #MentoringMonth https://albertamentors.ca/mentoring-month/#start

Theme: Foundations of Mentoring

  • To recruit as many potential mentors as possible and AMPlify
    the mentoring excitement!
  • To profile AMP’s featured partners for #mentoringmonth who are
    in need of volunteer mentors
  •  #MentoringMonth
  • #MentorDay

Special Events

  • January 9th: Start Mentoring
  • January 11th: National Mentoring Month Kick-off Twitter Chat (12pm)

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This #MentoringMonth, you can be the difference a young person needs to succeed. Become a mentor today: https://albertamentors.ca/mentoring-month/#start #MentorDay #StartMentoring @AlbertaMentors

Theme: Mentoring Resources

  • To profile AMP program tools to inspire diverse types of mentoring.
  • #MentoringMonth

Special Events

  • January 17th: International Mentoring Day
    • Today we are celebrating the international conversations on social media with photos, video, and stories. Share in the excitement!

 

Theme: Mentoring in Schools

  • Profiling in school mentoring program and inspiring those to start
    in school mentoring programs.
  • #MentoringMonth
  • #ThankYourMentor

Special Events

  • January 23rd: Mentoring makes the Difference…in School
    • Learn more about how mentoring can make a difference within schools. There are many tools available and success stories of mentoring programs successfully implemented in schools.
  • January 25th: #ThankYourMentor Day
    • #MentoringMonth is wrapping up soon and we want you to thank those who have been a mentor to you. #ThankYourMentor!

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Thank you @… for being my mentor. This # MentoringMonth I hope you’ll join me in # ThankYourMentor ! #MentorIRL @AlbertaMentors

 

Theme: Wrap Up, Celebration, Keep in Touch – Become a Partner!

Wrap-Up, Celebration, Keep in Touch

  • Thanking everyone who participated in #MentoringMonth,
    program evaluation, and maintaining energy for the year ahead

Special Events

  • January 30th: Stay Connected and Keep Mentoring
  • January 31st: Thank you!

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View all of the #MentoringMonth mentoring partners below. Fill in the Start Mentoring form to show your interest in mentoring with any of these amazing organizations!

 

#DYK – Did you know?

Mentor Champions

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.

Mentoring Program Resources

The Alberta Mentoring Partnership is your mentoring resource. Each day, we feature a new #MentoringMonth resource that can help you start or enhance a mentoring program, recruit mentors, or access mentor training.

View all of the resources below!

Handouts | Mentoring 101
These handouts define mentoring, provide definitions to common mentoring concepts, and offer tips for connecting with young people.

Toolkit | Creating a Community-Based Mentoring Program
The toolkit offers 13 steps to support the development of a community-based mentoring program. Each step provides mentoring organizations with the tools needed to move forward with program design and implementation.
Toolkit | Strength-Based Mentoring: Nurturing the social-emotional development of children and youth
Rather than focus on problem behaviours and risks, strength based mentoring helps youth realize their strengths, identify and develop their leadership skills, and apply them in healthy, productive ways.
Use this toolkit to strengthen your mentoring program and help mentors look beyond problem behaviours to kids’ strengths.

Toolkit | Mentoring Girls Groups


This toolkit provides the resources and support to help schools and mentoring organizations create, implement, deliver and evaluate a quality group mentoring program for girls ages 9-13. The tools can be adapted to the unique values, needs, strengths and challenges of each community.

Guide | Mentoring Aboriginal Communities
Children and youth across all communities in the province need support from adults as they grow. Aboriginal communities have unique mentorship needs. The 10-step guidelines help schools and mentoring organizations create culturally relevant programing for children and youth of Aboriginal descent.

Guide | Mentoring Immigrant Communities

Children and youth across all communities in the province need support from adults as they grow. Immigrant communities have unique mentorship needs. The 8-step guidelines help schools and mentoring organizations create culturally relevant programming for children and youth who are newcomers to Canada.

Pilot Project | Children and Youth in Care Mentoring Project
The Children and Youth in Care and Mentoring Project enlisted the time and efforts of various organizations to develop tools and knowledge to support agencies providing mentoring programming to children and youth in care. As part of the Children and Youth in Care and Mentoring Project, there were plans to develop a toolkit to ensure the learnings were accessible. At the same time the Ontario Mentoring Coalition had just completed the development of a Toolkit on Effective Mentoring for Youth Facing Barriers to Success, which included a section on Children and Youth in Care.


Brochure | Making Positive Connections
Learn the benefits of in-school mentoring and find tips and resources on starting your own in-school program.
Lesson Plan | Mentoring Matters: School Mentoring for Grades 4-6
Designed for teachers to use with their grades four to six classes, the lesson plan helps students discover the benefits of mentoring through group discussion and activities. The lesson plan meets the outcomes of Alberta Education’s Health and Life Skills Program.

Toolkit | Framework for Building Mentoring Relationships in Schools
Looking to implement a mentoring program for students at your school? Use this toolkit to identify your desired mentoring program model, plan your formal mentoring program, and identify community resources to support your school initiative.
Lesson Plan | Mentoring Matters: School Mentoring for Grade 8
Designed for teachers to use with their grade eight classes, the lesson plan gives students an understanding of the positive impact of mentoring while preparing them to be mentors. The thee-part lesson introduces students to the concept of mentoring, trains students to be mentors, and gives them an opportunity to practice interacting with younger children. The lesson plan meets the outcomes of Alberta Education’s Health and Life Skills Program.
Assist Alberta Education and Children and Youth Services to work together at the local level with the child/youth, their caregivers and other appropriate partners to share information and engage in joint decision-making to plan for and support school success for children and youth in care.


Toolkit | Creating Strength-Based Classrooms and Schools
Rather than focus on problem behaviours and risks, strength-based mentoring helps youth realize their strengths, identify and develop their leadership skills, and apply them in healthy, productive ways. Use this toolkit to strengthen in-school mentoring at the elementary or secondary levels, and help mentors look beyond problem behaviours to kids’ strengths and potential.
High School Courses | Career & Technology Studies
Offered in partnership with Alberta Education, Career and Technology Studies courses on mentorship help students earn high school credits while deepening their understanding of the mentor-mentee relationship. Courses include:

    • HSS1050 Introduction to Mentorship
    • HSS2050 Becoming a Mentor
    • HSS3050 Becoming a Mentee
    • HSS3060 Extending the Mentoring Relationship*
    • HSS3070 Peer Mentoring**

* High students who have completed the CTS Mentoring course HSS3060 Extending the Mentoring Relationship, have been in a long term mentoring relationship and have completed the Alberta Mentoring Partnership Online Mentor Training can apply for a “Foundations in Mentoring” certificate.
** prerequisite: HSS1080 Leadership Fundamentals 1


Toolkit | High School Teen Mentoring
High school students make great mentors to younger kids. Give them the right tools and training to help them interact with younger children in positive ways that promote healthy development. This 3-resource toolkit helps students step into leadership roles as mentors.

Guide | Success in School for Children and Youth in Care: Provincial Protocol Framework
This guide is a joint initiative between Alberta Education and Human Services to support improved school outcomes and high school completion rates for children and youth in provincial government care. Learn more about this initiative and find tips for educators and school administration to help kids succeed.
Toolkit | Teen Mentoring
The Teen Mentoring Toolkit is a resource designed for schools and community organizations choosing to engage students in creating a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe community through positive mentoring relationships. This toolkit identifies key areas for consideration as well as evidence-based practices, strategies and tools for planning, implementing and evaluating a quality teen mentoring program. The information can be adapted by youth-serving organizations partnering with a school or running a teen mentoring program within a community-based setting.

Brochure | Top 10 Reasons NOT to Mentor
Potential mentors might be concerned about committing to a mentoring relationship. Help them address their questions with this helpful Top 10 list of concerns.
Online Tool | Volunteer Application System
Ready to recruit mentors? Use this fully dynamic and ready-made online Volunteer Application Form to start the process.

Promotional Materials | …And Other Perks of Mentoring
Healthy youth are a crucial part of a healthy Albertan community. The Alberta Mentoring Partnership is committed to promote the benefits of mentoring for children and adolescents’ well-being. Use these promotional tools to share the message in your community.
Toolkit | Corporate Mentor Recruitment
Need mentors? Partnering with a corporation in your community could help you recruit. This 2-part toolkit is designed a) to help mentoring organizations identify, approach, and partner with businesses to recruit employee volunteer mentors, and b) to help corporate partners run a mentor recruitment campaign. Each step is supported by considerations and questions to help guide the relationship building process.

Online Course | Mentor Training
The course introduces mentors to the core concepts of mentoring and what it means to be a mentor. The program includes 5 modules and a quiz to test understanding:

  1. Course Introduction and Learning Objectives
  2. History of Mentoring
  3. How To Be a Mentor
  4. The Mentoring Relationship – Dynamics and Guidelines
  5. Mentoring Programs
Online Toolkit | Hosting a Teen Mentor Training Event
Get your teen mentors off on the right foot giving back to the community. This toolkit provides a 7-step framework for hosting a teen mentor training event, from planning and event logistics to event day preparation and wrap up.

Online Course | Mentee & Parent Training
The Alberta Mentorship Partnership has worked with mentees, mentors and parents to develop a short orientation to your mentorship experience – for both kids and parents. The course, which can be used in group, school and one-on-one settings, provides an overview of some of the core concepts of being a mentee, including:

  • What is a Mentor? What is a Mentee?
  • Getting to Know your Mentor
  • Let’s Be Safe and have Good Boundaries
  • My Strengths
  • All About me

Note: For Mentoring Organizations signing up a large group of participants:

  1. Mentoring organizations may send the first and last names of each participant to AMP prior to your training session and an account will be created for each mentee.
  2. If your organization is not already included in the list of available organizations contact us and ask to be added to the list.
  3. Prompt your mentee groups to sign up under your organization name – you may then track each mentees progress by logging in under your admin account, entering the Orientation for Mentees course and clicking on the user report.
Guide (external) | Training New Mentors
All mentors need thorough training if they are to possess the skills, attitudes, and activity ideas needed to effectively mentor a young person. This guide provides ready-to-use training modules for your program.

Guide (external) | Building Relationships: A Guide for New Mentors
Mentors support healthy development by providing positive, interactive experiences. All mentors need thorough training if they are to possess the skills, attitudes, and activity ideas needed to effectively mentor a young person. This guide provides ready-to-use training modules for your program.

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