I thought I'd post this out there as it's an excellent program in need of a few good guys to spend some time with the kids.

From their brochure:

The North Shore Youth Mentoring Program matches youth who are between the ages of 6-18 with appropriate adult volunteers. The volunteer mentors commit to spending a minimum of two hours per week for a minimum of one year with their match and can provide friendship, guidance, and support. Mentors have an important role to play as they provide a special one-to-one friendship with a youth. Matches may well go beyond the one year mark, and indeed last a lifetime.

Possible activities may include: helping with homework, participating in sporting activities, talking, assisting with independent living skills, attending community events, or volunteering together.

Being a mentor is not the same for everyone. Each relationship is different because each person is unique. Therefore, matches will be made according to the personalities, interests and needs of both the youth and mentor. The youth are involved with the Ministry of Children and Family Development and have experienced challenging family dynamics. They require an adult mentor who can provide stability and predictability. The Coordinator of Volunteers will support the volunteer mentors in fulfilling their role and responsibilities.

For More Information Contact:

Elizabeth Fry Society
Phone: 604/980-4423
Fax: 604/987-8122
Email: michelle.veinot@elizabethfry.com

Mentors ARE:
  • Good Listeners
  • Caring Friends
  • Confidence Builders
  • Ordinary People

Mentors ARE NOT:
  • Babysitters
  • Therapists
  • Surrogate Parents
  • Saviors