The Alberta Mentoring Partnership

#MentoringMonth

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What is Mentoring Month?

Wherever you are in Alberta, there is a young person who could use mentoring from someone like you. Building on the great work done by MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership in the United States, AMP also runs a province-wide push to celebrate and support mentoring.

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 and connection. 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. Mentoring builds strong, resilient youth and strengthens communities.

Join AMP this January, in celebrating the many volunteers and staff that make mentoring a success. We look forward to strengthening mentorship in Alberta, in partnership with you!

Theme this Year:

Appreciation:

Share the love this Mentoring Month to appreciate the people making the community a better place.

Use this form to highlight a match story, thank a mentor, share your own mentor/mentee experience

Important Dates:
  • January 11, I am a Mentor Day
  • January 17, International Mentor Day
  • January 27, Thank Your Mentor Day

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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 positive adult influences (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.

Research shows that being involved in a mentoring relationship has a positive impact on a young person’s school attendance, social skills, attitude, and behaviour with friends and family. Mentoring is also shown to play a role in preventing or reducing child/youth involvement in alcohol, drugs, and crime.

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.

 

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“We acknowledge that we are on and support Mentoring for Youth in the traditional territories across Alberta of the many First Nations from Treaty 6,7,& 8, the Métis of the 8 Alberta Settlements, and Inuit people whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries.”