One to One Mentoring

Big Brothers Mentoring

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The Big Brothers mentoring program provides boys and young men with a role model to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee, which is built on trust and common interests, and is supported by our experienced case-workers. The result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee.

The Big Brothers mentoring program usually requires weekly scheduled outings of a few hours each and a minimum of a one year commitment. Access to a vehicle is necessary for volunteers in this program.

Big Sisters mentoring

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The Big Sisters mentoring program provides girls and young women with a role model to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee, which is built on trust and common interests, and is supported by our experienced case-workers. The result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee.

The Big Sisters mentoring mentoring program usually requires weekly scheduled outings of a few hours each and a minimum of a one year commitment. Access to a vehicle is necessary for volunteers in this program.

In-School Mentoring

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The In-School mentoring program provides youth with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up within school grounds. For one hour a week, mentors meet with their mentee and engage in activities such as board games, crafts or just hang out on school grounds.

The In-School mentoring program requires a weekly visit of one hour for the duration of the school year. Matches do not meet over the summer break or during other school holidays.

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Adventure Canada Club

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Adventure Canada Club is a group mentoring program where youth in grades one through eight are mentored by volunteers between the ages of 16-24 who have an interest in helping a younger newcomer youth learn all about Canada.

With a goal of social integration, they meet weekly, for 10 weeks in a group setting, to build connections, share immigration experiences, practice English conversation, receive homework help and learn about Canada’s culture and traditions.

This Program is currently not offered in Hamilton or Burlington.

GLOW (Girls Linking Our Worlds)

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Girls Linking Our Worlds (GLOW) is a group mentoring program for girls ages 11 to 14 who come from diverse backgrounds. The program focuses on empowerment, leadership development and helping girls feel confident in all aspects of their identity.

GLOW consists of 10, 2-hour mentoring sessions, held over a 10 week period. Through mentoring relationships, creative and physical activities, and discussions, female volunteers who are 18 years of age or older help girls explore different cultures and celebrate diversity, learn different techniques for physical, mental and emotional well being, and develop empathic communication skills.

This Program is currently not offered in Hamilton or Burlington.

Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds!

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Go Girls! is a group mentoring program for girls ages 12-14 that focuses on physical activity, balanced eating and self-esteem. The single, most important goal of the program is to positively shape the lives of young women and girls by helping them build a positive self-image – setting them on a path to reach their full potential in life.

The Go Girls! program consists of seven mentoring sessions, held over a 7-10 week period, within school facilities. Each 1.5-2 hour-long session is loosely structured around four themes: physical activity, healthy eating, self-esteem, and communication skills.

Game On! Eat Smart, Play Smart!

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Game On! is a group mentoring program for providing boys and young men with information and support to make informed choices about a range of healthy lifestyle practices. Through non-traditional physical activities, complemented with healthy eating support, participants are engaged in life skills, communication, and emotional health discussions designed to engage participants in the pursuit of life-long healthy lifestyles.

Game On! includes seven 75-minute core sessions. There are also four extension modules that capture potential issues and topics specific to various locales and the interests of the mentors and participants.

The Homework Club – An after school mentoring program for kids

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The Homework Club – An After School Mentoring Program for Kids is a group mentoring program where high school teen mentors support youth in grades three through eight who require academic, social and/or emotional support.

With the goal of increasing student success, youth are matched one-on-one with a teen mentor in a group setting and are supervised by an adult volunteer. Currently, The Homework Club is running at 16 locations in Halton. Programs run once a week for 70 minutes after school from October – May.

This Program is currently not offered in Hamilton or Burlington.

Connections Project

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A new country can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be a big, scary place. As a Connections Project volunteer, you will be a role model, mentor and a friend to newcomer youth, helping with their adjustment to Canada.

Children enrolled in Connections Project are newcomer youth who need a friend and mentor, like you, to help them build the confidence they need to achieve their full potential.

With a goal of social integration, Connections Project members meet weekly in a group setting, on school property. Mentoring sessions include fun, educational activities, games and a potential for homework help or open discussion. Mentees will practice English language skills, make new friends, learn more about Canada and most importantly — have fun.

This Program is currently offered in Hamilton and Burlington only.

 

Physical Literacy/PLAY/Satellite SOAR

Physical Literacy Programs, including PLAY (Physical Literacy for All Youth) and Satellite SOAR (Social Opportunities Activities and Relationships), provide 7-to-14-year-old boys and girls with mentoring and fun, using a physical literacy approach.

Program areas of focus include:

  • Learning fundamental movement skills;
  • Exploration and opportunity to play with different objects and sports equipment;
  • Basic instruction and opportunities for active play; and,
  • Opportunity to practice skill development.

Physical Literacy Programs are hosted for one hour each week, on school property, after school. Programs run in 10-14 week sessions. Its members do not meet over the summer break or during other school holidays.

*NOTE: Physical Literacy Programs are inclusive of persons with any and all level of athletic abilities.

This Program is currently offered in Hamilton and Burlington only.

 

SOAR (Social Opportunities Activities and Relationships)

SOAR stands for Social Opportunities Activities and Relationships. This group-based program was created specifically for children who are waiting to be matched with a mentor.

SOAR members participate in social, educational and recreational activities in a positive, group mentoring atmosphere. Group activities take place once a week and include: recreation and sports, games and crafts, special events, personal development, nature and the environment, volunteer and community work and employment preparation. As a SOAR volunteer, you will accompany children on a ratio of 2:1 to a pre-determined group activity for two hours once a week. Access to a vehicle is necessary for volunteers in this program.

Some of SOAR’s recent activities have included:

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Bonfires
  • Hiking
  • Bowling
  • Board Game Nights
  • Cooking Classes
  • Indoor and Outdoor Sports

This Program is currently not offered in Halton.