We believe it’s so important to be able to provide mentoring programs specifically for youth who have had involvement with Alberta Child and Family Services. Mentoring a youth in care has all the same impacts as mentoring through our other programs – from improved self esteem to better grades in school to a stronger ability to build meaningful relationships. Click here to learn more about the benefits of mentoring.
Community Based 1:1 Mentoring
The Youth in Care program is a section of Big Brothers Big Sisters community based mentoring that works specifically with youth in government care. Through the YIC mentoring program mentors are connected to youth living in a variety of settings such as group homes, foster care, or kinship placements. The goal of YIC mentoring is to create healthy positive relationships for youth who may have experienced many transitions throughout their lives.
All YIC Mentors are required to undertake Enhanced Youth in Care Training to help prepare them for the unique challenges their mentees may be facing. This training is held once a month and provides an overview of Child and Family Services, short-term crisis and mental health issues as well as an overview of Indigenous history and culture.
To ENROL A YOUTH click here.
To BECOME A MENTOR click here.
BGCBigs runs two group programs for youth in care. The focus of these groups is to provide youth with a safe place to interact with peers, explore interests, have fun, build life skills, and grow into themselves while strengthening personal identity.
For youth 12-15:
This group meets every Thursday at the McCauley Boys and Girls Club (9425 109A Avenue Edmonton) from 6:30- 8:30. The goal of this group is to allow kids to just be kids! The group will also provide a platform for the development of abilities that will be beneficial to youth outside of the group setting. The four overarching goals are skill development, leadership, problem-solving and community engagement. Transportation home for attendees will be provided by the group facilitators and volunteers if guardians are unable to provide a ride home. Youth must be able to get to group on their own.
For Youth 16-20:
This group runs Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 pm at the First Baptist Church (10031 109 St NW). This group focuses on skill development, social opportunities and some sport and recreation. Many of the youth in this group are working on transitioning out of care and working through education, life skills and career goals. All youth who attend group are enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh program model and work towards completing their Bronze, Silver and Gold levels through community engagement, sport and recreation, and skill building. To learn more about Duke of Edinburgh programming click here.
For more information please contact:
Bree Hazelaar, Youth in Care Facilitator