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.
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.
80% of Albertans 18-24 wished they had a mentor when they were younger.
This Volunteer Week start 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 wellbeing. Learn more.
Nominate a Mentor
Do you have a friend that you think would make a great mentor? Then nominate them!