Note: Although the mentorship program has been adapted to virtual service delivery, applicants must reside in the GTA.
Description and Details
Are you fun, approachable and easy going? Do you enjoy giving back to others? Can you relate to young people? If you are seeking a rewarding opportunity to positively impact a young person's life, this could be the perfect position for you!
About Our Program
The StepStones Youth Support Services Program, offered in partnership with Pelletier Youth in Transition, is looking for diverse energetic individuals who would like to mentor youth leaving foster care or group homes. This program focuses on youth aged 15-24, and offers participants the opportunity to develop critical life skills as well as accomplish identified program goals by pairing youth with caring adult mentors.
Eligible youth include:
1) Youth aging-out of foster care and/or have a history with child protection services 2) youth with little to no support in their lives 3) youth in a state of transition and in need of support.
The goal of the program is to create natural long-lasting relationships with responsible young adult professionals who will support and assist youth in their transition to adulthood. It is intended to foster mentoring relationships in which youth may develop confidence, build leadership and communication skills, as well as develop ties to their community.
You will be asked to meet with a youth at least once every 2-3 weeks for approximately 3-4 hours at a time. A minimum two-year commitment is required (but we prefer it if you treat this as an even longer term commitment to the youth). During your meet-ups with your mentee, you may attend workshops put on by StepStones and/or engage in fun activities such as attending a movie, going for lunch, attending a festival, going ice skating, rock climbing, sports event and/or other low cost activities in the city. During most sessions the mentor and mentee would also be expected to work towards some of the goals created at the beginning of their union. Examples include resume writing, job search, registering for school, learning how to cook, connecting with services in the community, etc.
You will be asked to attend three training sessions, complete a vulnerable sector police check, and provide professional references before you become a mentor.
Skills And Experience Required
- Down to earth - approachable - fun - engaging - ability to set aside judgment - good listener - open minded - able to be an appropriate role model
Typical Minimum Age
25 yrs old. This program offers mentorship to youth between the ages of 15 to 24. As we do not offer peer mentorship, we encourage our mentors to be older than youth participating in the program.
5 hours per month
Reading and writing
Math and computer skills
How to Apply / Contact
f this volunteer opportunity seems right for you, please complete an online application here: https://bit.ly/3oop18B
If you require additional information please contact us:
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About StepStones for Youth
700 Markham Street, Toronto, ON M6G2M3, CA
StepStones for Youth ("StepStones") is a registered charitable organization whose mission is to provide support for disadvantaged children and youth who have experienced trauma, abuse and unstable guardian care, with minimum to no support in their lives. To create long-term change, we support youth in educational achievement, securing employment, finding stable housing and building lasting support networks.
Our principle aim at StepStones for Youth is to prevent youth who are ageing out of the child welfare system from dropping out of school, and becoming homeless and impoverished. We believe that if preventative measures are taken to support these youth then we can foster stability and independence for them that will drastically reduce their dependence on corrective social services in adulthood, and consequently disrupt the cycle of poverty. StepStones’ programs demonstrate that these outcomes are possible when youth feel connected, empowered, and supported.
StepStones’ programs are designed to encourage skill development, promote educational attainment, increase youths’ employability, and reduce the likelihood of homelessness. To achieve these outcomes we offer a range of programs including the Youth in Transition Housing Program, the Youth in Transition Education and Mentoring Program, and the Summer Camp and Leadership Program. Collectively, our programs help youth to foster their inherent strengths and build their capacity to take charge of their own lives. Using this approach we have witnessed firsthand positive changes in youths’ physical, social, and emotional development that in turn promotes their self-esteem, self-advocacy, and overall self-sufficiency.
Children & Youth
We'll work with your schedule.
700 Markham StreetToronto, ONCanada
October 26, 2020
Orientation or Training
5 hours per month. You will be asked to meet with a youth at least once every 2-3 weeks for approximately 3-4 hours at a time. A minimum two-year commitment is required