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 well-being.
The Alberta Mentoring Partnership presents #MentoringMonth in January 2020 to celebrate and raise awareness of mentoring across the province of Alberta.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor at Hull Services, click here.
Week One: Start Mentoring
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.
Week Two: Foundations of Mentoring
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
The Impact of Mentoring:
- Children and youth with mentors are less likely to be absent from school, use drugs or alcohol, or demonstrate violent behaviour.
- Youth in care with mentoring relationships had higher educational attainment, less suicidal risk, less physical aggression, improved general health, and lower risk
- of contracting an STI.
- Youth with a mentor were more likely to complete high school or a High School Equivalency Diploma than those without a mentor.
- Mentored youth report more positive mental health, fewer depressive symptoms, greater acceptance by their peers, more positive beliefs about their ability to succeed in school, and better grades in school.
Week Three: Mentoring Resources
Hussain has been a mentor with Hull Services for four years. In 2019, he won the Rising Stars award presented by Daily Oil Bulletin and Fluor for his commitment to giving back to the community.
Week Four: Thank A Mentor
Thank you mentors for all you do for our young people!