The Alberta Mentoring Partnership is Your Mentoring Resource.
Mentoring a young person is a great way to give back to the community and support young Albertans’ healthy development. The Alberta Mentoring Partnership is dedicated to the success of mentoring organizations, schools and programs across the province. We advance mentoring by offering tools and resources to help mentoring organizations start a mentoring program, improve delivery, and recruit and train mentors.
Healthy kids don’t simply develop on their own. Instead children’s physical and mental health depend on the interaction of genes and environment, cognitive development, and their experiences with adults. To develop healthy brains capable of continued growth and to reach their full potential as citizens, children need sustained, positive, and enriching experiences with supportive adults. Early childhood and adolescence are periods of heightened brain plasticity, when young brains are growing quickly and are readily shaped by experiences. In children’s earliest years, neural connections are constantly being formed that build the foundation upon which the rest of the brain develops. Adult caregivers can build these connections and help young minds grow by taking part in back and forth interactions with children that are similar to a tennis match. The match starts when a child “serves” with a facial expression, movement, or verbalization. It is up to adults to return the serve by responding. This back and forth, or “serve and return” interaction completes a learning process that allows connections in the brain to get stronger and pave the way for developing cognitive abilities in the future. The need for interaction continues as children age and reach adolescence. Along the way, new capabilities and skills are added to the foundation built through a child’s earliest experiences.
The Alberta Mentoring Partnership (AMP) recognizes the importance of the positive interactions with adults that mentoring provides. Because early experiences determine how children fare later in life, starting the process of building a healthy brain through regular, enriching interaction with adults is important. When adults listen to children’s perspectives and create a sense of belonging, they provide a stable buffer against pressures that can negatively affect children’s development. Because healthy development, particularly brain development, continues through the teenage years, young people of all ages can benefit from having an adult mentor’s responsive, stable, and caring presence in their lives.
Ensuring the wellbeing and healthy development of our youngest citizens is the responsibility of all Albertans; we all depend on each other to build a thriving society. Mentoring a young person is a great way to do your part.
By building strong, positive relationships with adults, mentoring can help children and youth build confidence, do well in school, and overcome challenges more readily. Mentors also benefit from the experience, developing communication, time management, and people skills. Find a mentoring opportunity and help a child today!
Get the tools to deliver amazing mentoring programs.
- Mentorship Basics
- Start & Strengthen your Mentoring Program
- Start & Strengthen your In-School Mentoring Program
- Recruiting Mentors
- Mentorship Training
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn the benefits of in-school mentoring and find tips and resources on starting your own in-school program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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.
Tips for Educators
Tips for Youth Self advocacy
Tips for Working Together
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.
Potential mentors might be concerned about committing to a mentoring relationship. Help them address their questions with this helpful Top 10 list of concerns.
Ready to recruit mentors? Use this fully dynamic and ready-made online Volunteer Application Form to start the process.
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.
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.
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:
- Course Introduction and Learning Objectives
- History of Mentoring
- How To Be a Mentor
- The Mentoring Relationship – Dynamics and Guidelines
- Mentoring Programs
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.
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:
Note: For Mentoring Organizations signing up a large group of participants:
- 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.
- If your organization is not already included in the list of available organizations contact us and ask to be added to the list.
- 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.
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.
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.