Black Youth Mentorship

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Representation is everything, especially for youth who are easily impressionable. This is why having a Black mentor is important. Black role models help youth to expand their mindset of what is possible for themselves and that they can accomplish anything they set out to achieve in life.            By matching Black youth mentees with Black UTM mentors, they are supported to be brave, influential and respected leaders in their community.

For 2021-2022, the Black Youth Mentorship Program will be virtual, with interactions between youth mentees and UTM mentors facilitated over Zoom. 


Log on to learn more about this program in a live chat with staff and partners on: 

  • Tuesday, September 21, 2021, from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm here! Password:298870
  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021, from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm here! Password: 686054


Program Details

The Black Youth Mentoring Program (BYMP) matches Black youth mentees (ages 9-13) with a Black adult UTM student (18+) who has shared experiences to help promote strong cultural and self-identity. Matches build meaningful friendships as mentees and mentors participate in fun group activities, and develop a sense of community and belonging.

BYMP is an exciting opportunity for UTM students to empower and inspire Black youth through an exploration of Blackness, art, civic engagement and education pathways. As mentors, volunteers will use their knowledge and experience to develop and lead unique, interactive and engaging workshops.

Volunteer Sign-Up

To enrol as a volunteer mentor, please:

  • Complete this form.
  • Attend training session(s), which will be communicated to you once you sign up.
  • Meet virtually with your project team for training
  • Complete assigned tasks
  • Complete reflection activity after the program

There are limited spaces. Sign-up is on a first-come basis. Please note, a Police and Vulnerable Sector Check is needed as a final step to volunteering with mentees in this program. 



For all questions and feedback regarding Black Youth Mentorship, please contact:

Martin Kengo
Community Engagement Coordinator, Community Mentorship

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