Mentoring FAQ’s

What is mentoring?

The simple way to describe mentoring is being a friend to a child or youth.

Where can I volunteer?

You can volunteer with a child in a school or in the community.  We have mentoring programs in Edmonton, Strathcona County, Parkland County, Cold Lake, Lac La Biche, Morinville, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, and Vegreville.

What is the commitment of a mentor?

In-School mentors visit their mentee for 1 hour per week during the school year.  Big/Little matches meet anywhere from 1 to 4 hours per week, for at least one year.

I can’t commit to one year or once a week, can I still volunteer?

Yes! In order to establish a positive relationship with your mentee, we ask our volunteers to commit to one year of mentoring at least once a week.  However, in our community with workers doing shift work at camps, we understand this might not be possible.  The important thing is to be consistent.  For example, you could meet your mentee once every two weeks when you are in town and call them for a chat while you away working.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

Depending on the program you’d like to volunteer for, we welcome everyone from teenagers in high school to young adults or those close in retirement!

How do I apply?

Fill out the online application here!

Can I choose the child I will be mentoring?

No, that is not possible.  However, matches are based on the information gathered in our interviews and reference checks.  We hope to match mentors and mentees that share common interests.

What kind of activities will I do with my mentee?

We encourage you to choose activities you both enjoy! In-School mentors typically do 20 minutes of homework, 20 minutes of reading and 20 minutes of games/socializing.  Big/Little matches can do all kind of activities: go for a picnic , play a board game, go skating, go to the library, watch a movie, do some crafts, cook, have a chat, etc.

What do I do if something about my relationship with my mentee concerns me?

All of our volunteers have a Match Facilitator who will guide and support you throughout the match. You can contact him or her with any questions or concerns anytime.

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