Youth Mentoring

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Registration for Youth Mentoring is open. Register here.

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On-Campus Opportunities

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel - UTM On-Campus Group Mentor

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel (BBBS) is a mentoring organization for children and youth; it is committed to providing caring adult relationships for children to promote healthy development and enhance self-esteem.

The UTM On-Campus Group Mentoring program allows UTM students the opportunity to get active and make a difference in a child's life. 10 participants will mentor 10-15 children one week night per week from October to April on the UTM Campus. Groups participate in fun and skill-based activities. 

BBBS & Black Community Advisory Council - UTM Black Youth Mentorship Program

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel in partnership with the Black Community Advisory Council (BCAC) of the United Way of Peel Region and the University of Toronto Centre for Student Engagement is launching the UTM Black Youth Mentorship Program.

This mentorship program matches Black youth (ages 7-16) with Black adult (18+) mentors who have lived experience and can help promote positive self-identity through building a meaningful friendship through fun and activities all that take place at the UTM campus. This program runs on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:30 in Spigel Hall.

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Off-Campus Opportunities

Visions of Science - Community STEM Club

Visions of Science Network for Learning Inc. (VoSNL) is a charitable organization that aims to advance the educational achievements and career aspirations of youth from low-income and marginalized communities through meaningful engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields and research. 

Participants will work with groups of their peers (6 total) within each “club” of the organization to support students in Grades 4-8 and enhance their knowledge of science. Participants will volunteer weekly on Saturday mornings in the Peel region from October 2018 to April 2019.

Students who sign up for this project must commit to a minimum of 2 hours a week and complete debrief sessions once a month with other UTM Students.

Riverwood Conservancy - Indigenous Spirit Journey

Hosted by the Riverwood Conservancy, the Indigenious Spirit Journey (ISJ) is an opportunity for UTM students to act as mentors and provide positive life and career pathways for Indigenous high-school youth in the Peel Region. Participants will take part in an experiential journey involving land-based activities founded on Indigenous philosophical cultural teachings. 

Learn more and sign up for the Indigenous Spirit Journey here.

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In-School Opportunities

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel - In-School Mentoring

The BBBS In-School Mentoring program matches a caring adult mentor with a student in a Peel elementary school. Matches meet for one hour each week at school during school hours to play board games, bake, do arts and crafts, read or play on the computer. Over 80 elementary schools participate; the closest schools to UTM are St. Margaret of Scotland, Springfield P.S. and St. Catherine of Siena. 

Peel District School Board (PDSB) - Mentorship Program

Designed by both the Peel District School Board (PDSB) and UTM Centre for Student Engagement, the PDSB Mentorship Program aims to work with elementary school students to enhance both their literacy and math skills. 

Participate from October 2018 to April 2019 at Ellengale Public School with the option of continuing until the elementary school year is finished. Participants must commit to a minimum of 3 hours a week.

Start2Finish - Running & Reading Club

Start2Finish’s mission is to break the cycle of child poverty by providing ongoing educational support to Canada’s at risk children throughout their school years, nurturing mind, body and social health so they are empowered to succeed and become role models for change. The programs at Start2Finish encourage literacy, healthy active living, and play. 

The Running & Reading Club runs from January to May one afternoon a week for two hours. Volunteers support students in various fitness and reading activities. As a result, students stay in school, build self-confidence and develop positive friendships with mentors and peers. With mentor Coaches, students discover the possibilities of a brighter future.

Students who sign up for this project must commit to the meeting time for this after-school program which is from 3-5pm on Tuesdays in the Clarkson area.

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Becoming a Mentor

Register for a Volunteer Traning Session

Register for a volunteer training session here to be eligible to participate in one of our mentoring programs. 


This experience is approved on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR)! Links to the ccr website.


For all questions and feedback regarding Youth Mentoring, please contact:

Martin Kengo
Community Engagement Coordinator, Access and Outreach
  • Room 3125, William G. Davis Building (Find us on a map here!)
  • Phone: 416.864.8383
  • Email:

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