Teen Mentoring in Schools Collaborative Community Network: Cohort series

Are you looking for a way to develop healthy relationships, and leadership for your students while also supporting their mental wellbeing? As we return to schools many students will be feeling disconnected and disengaged. Teen mentoring can help to create connections and has been shown to increase academic achievement, positive mental health and decrease unhealthy behaviours in both the 'mentor' and 'mentee'.

The objective of this Collaborative Community is to support regional and provincial networks of school-based mentoring educators and mentoring organisations and to provide the framework for a sustainable teen mentoring network.

For this purpose, supported by a grant from an anonymous funder in partnership with the Alberta Mentoring Partnership (AMP), AMP is offering a variety of opportunities to develop and strengthen teen mentoring in schools. This includes:

October 20th Mentoring in Schools Summit - Supporting Adolescent Mental Health Through Strengthening Webs of Support

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Teen Mentoring in Schools Online Portal

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Part of the Collaborative is supporting provincial and regional cohorts. This series is a year-long engagement, although you can sign up at any time! This enables schools and agencies and organizations to connect and share on an ongoing basis.

Cohort series: 

Consortia

November Workshop

(in person if possible)

Provincial Webinar Provincial Webinar

End of Year Workshops
(in-person)

North Cohort

https://www.crcpd.ab.ca/program/7389

November 16th

10:00 - 2:30 (if in person)

1:00 - 3:30 (if virtual)

January 19th

4:00 - 5:30

April 12th

4:00 - 5:30

May 31st

10:00 - 2:30 (if in person)

1:00 - 3:30 (if virtual)

South Cohort

https://www.crcpd.ab.ca/program/7390

November 23rd

10:00 - 2:30 (if in person)

1:00 - 3:30 (if virtual)

January 19th

4:00 - 5:30

April 12th

4:00 - 5:30

June 2nd

10:00 - 2:30 (if in person)

1:00 - 3:30 (if virtual)


Participants are invited to register at any time and do not have to have attended previous webinars or workshops. It is strongly recommended that you register for the series with your closest city’s name in the title to ensure you are in the cohort that best suits your context.

Through ongoing engagement in the Collaborative Community, participants will come together to share their experiences, successes, challenges and recommendations in regards to school-based mentoring.

We also encourage you to check out the Teen Mentoring in Schools Collaborative Community Network Portal, where you can connect with other schools, and school-based mentoring agencies and organizations to share resources, activity ideas, and create ongoing discussion threads. Sign up here: https://schoolnetwork.albertamentors.ca/login/index.php

The Teen Mentoring in Schools Collaborative Community Network cohort series. For more information and to sign up please go to https://www.crcpd.ab.ca/program/7391

In addition to the ongoing cohort series, AMP is also offering a number of stand alone sessions based on feedback from past participants. These are not in the cohort series so that people can attend to hear about the underlying premise of the cohort, or gain a deeper understanding of a particular topic. Each of these registrations is separate from the cohort series as well as each other.

Throughout the year up to four webinars will take place from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., dependent on need, feedback and interest. Details for upcoming events will be updated as we go forward, so be sure to check back!

  • Mentoring in Schools 101 (resources will be reviewed) – September 22nd, 2021 https://www.crcpd.ab.ca/program/7391
    • Canadian research has found girls who were mentored were 2 times less likely to be depressed; boys and girls were 2 times and 3 times, respectively, less likely to have social anxiety; girls & boys were 2 times less likely to exhibit conduct problems. During this webinar we will look at different forms of mentoring in schools, both formal and informal including intergenerational mentoring, teen mentoring, virtual mentoring, Career and Technology Studies credits and natural supports. Ideas for how to incorporate or enhance mentoring of all types in your school will be shared. Participants will learn about the Alberta Mentoring Partnership and the resources available to help support mentoring in schools.
  • Webs of Support and other forms of informal mentoring – December 6th, 2021 https://www.crcpd.ab.ca/program/7486
    • When we hear the word ‘mentoring’ we often think of a structured one-to-one mentoring relationship supported by a mentoring organization. While this type of mentoring has many benefits there are also different ways to support our children and youth. This webinar will look at ways to build supportive relationships with youth and informal mentoring opportunities within schools and other youth serving organizations.

  • Intergenerational mentoring in schools – February 23rd, 2022 https://www.crcpd.ab.ca/program/7487
    • Seniors and older adults bring years of life experience and a unique perspective to mentoring relationships whether formal or informal. These relationships are often reciprocal with benefits to both the mentor and mentee. In this webinar you will hear about successful intergenerational mentoring programs in both urban and rural communities. Stories, strategies and resources will be shared.

  • Planning your mentoring initiative (scheduling, recruiting, etc)  - May 3rd, 2022 https://www.crcpd.ab.ca/program/7488
    • Thinking about starting a formal or informal mentoring initiative in your school? Are you with a community organization who supports or would like to support mentoring in schools? If so, this webinar is for you! Considerations and initial steps for planning and implementation will be shared including recruiting, training, and supporting mentors. There will be an opportunity to learn from and with others who are at different points in their ‘mentoring in schools’ journey.

Through ongoing engagement in the Collaborative Community, participants will come together to share their experiences, successes, challenges and recommendations in regards to school-based mentoring.

We also encourage you to check out the Teen Mentoring in Schools Collaborative Community Network Portal, where you can connect with other schools, and school based mentoring agencies and organizations to share resources, activity ideas, and create ongoing discussion threads. Sign up here: https://schoolnetwork.albertamentors.ca/login/index.php 

Facilitator Bio:

Caroline

Caroline recently retired after 35 years as an educator with Edmonton Public Schools. During that time she taught at elementary, junior and senior high, was a behaviour consultant, a principal at four different schools and spent time seconded to both Alberta Children's Services and Alberta Education with a focus on supporting students who are vulnerable and creating welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments. During her last secondment Caroline's main area of focus was mentoring, including supporting the Alberta Mentoring Partnership and setting up a Corporate Mentoring initiative at Alberta Education. For the last five years, Caroline has been a Big Sister and learned about mentoring from the 'inside'.