Giving Them Our Best: Youth Mentoring Through Natural Supports

An In-Person Event Supporting Teen Mentoring in Schools

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Join us at Alberta Mentoring Partnership’s 2023 Summit - Giving Them Our Best: Mentoring Youth Through Natural Supports! AMP believes in the transformational role of mentorship in the development and wellbeing of Alberta’s youth and communities. As educators, service providers, researchers, and youth, we all contribute towards healthy communities through Natural Supports—mutually beneficial relationships. Natural Supports are less formalized mentoring relationships that include close connections such as family and friends, and broader connections such as neighbours, teachers and coaches.

Young people in Alberta deserve every opportunity for positive lifelong development. Natural Supports are meant to activate the wider community of networks and supports around children and youth, to help them along their path to success, contributing to vibrant, thriving communities.

Join AMP in-person at the Edmonton Inn (11834 Kingsway NW, Edmonton, AB T5G 3J5) on October 19, 2023, to learn and experience how natural supports can complement your mentoring initiatives and the youth in your community.

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Sharing the best of ourselves, in community, is inherent in Indigenous communities. Our morning keynote, Cheryl Whiskeyjack, will inspire us as she shares about the responsibility we all have in mentoring youth, and the powerful ways mentorship can shape communities.


Bio | Cheryl Whiskeyjack


Cheryl is the Executive Director of the Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society and has been with Bent Arrow just about since its inception over a quarter-century ago. Now she oversees a suite of 21 different programs and services. The organization’s programming connects indigenous clients to the city around them, and helps them build skills and resilience that they can use in other parts of their lives.

Cheryl proudly serves as a board member of the Canadian Accreditation Council of Human Services, the Align Association of Community Services and was newly appointed to the Board of PolicyWise for Children Families. She has contributed to the work of EndPovertyEdmonton since its inception and currently acts as co-chair of the Stewardship Round Table. She also sits at the table for the National Advisory Council on Poverty. She acts as a mentor for the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations Executive Director Mentorship program and represents Bent Arrow through C5, a collaborative partnership of five non-profits using innovative engagement in vulnerable neighbourhoods. Cheryl is proud of the strong partnerships she has maintained across sectors.

A graduate of the Child Youth Care Program at Grant MacEwan University in 1995 and was recognized with Distinguished Alumni Award in 2018. She was also recognized with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University of Alberta in 2021. Cheryl was also recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary Foundation in 2021.

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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.”