Youth Mentoring

Youth Mentoring. Banner depicting two students talking.

The health, safety and well-being of our community members is very important to us. We regret to inform you that owing to the current situation with COVID-19, Community Youth Mentoring programming have been cancelled until further notice. For more information, please stay updated with the University’s COVID-19 page or contact us at engage.utm@utoronto.ca.

What is Youth Mentoring?

Mentors offer reliable support, hope, guidance, experience, and critical encouragement to youth. Mentoring is often a catalyst for growth and accomplishment for youth who do not have access to positive role models, cannot envision post-secondary education as attainable, and do not feel connected to their communities. 

By matching youth with UTM student mentors,  they are empowered to achieve both academic and personal goals. As a UTM mentor, students share their worldviews, experiences, knowledge, support and advice, as well as provide a positive influence.

                                Be Someone Who Matters to Someone Who Matters

On-Campus Opportunities

Bigs On-Campus Youth Group Mentor

The UTM Bigg's On-Campus Youth Group Mentoring provides UTM students with the opportunity to connect with youth ages 7-16. Weekly group activities focus on building youths communication, decision-making and social skills through fun and interactive group and one-on-one activities. UTM students will be paired with 10-15 mentees. This opportunity is in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel.

Commitment: Sept. 2019-April 2020     Hours: 3 (6:30pm-8:30pm) 

Day(s): Wednesday                                 Frequency:  Weekly

Additional Requirement(s): Vulnerable Sector Check


Black Youth Mentorship

The Black Youth Mentorship Program matches Black youth (ages 7-16) with African-Carribean UTM student mentors (18+) who have lived and cultural experiences to explore positive self-identity and promote post-secondary education.  

This opportunity is in collaboration Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel, Black Community Advisory Council (BCAC) of the United Way of Peel Region and the Centre for Student Engagement.

Commitment: Sept. 2019-April 2020    Hours: 3 (6:30pm-8: 30pm) 

Day(s): Tuesday                                      Frequency:  Weekly

Additional Requirement(s): Vulnerable Sector Check


Back to the top of page

Off-Campus Opportunities

S.T.E.M Club Facilitators

Visions of Science (VoS) is looking for energetic university students with a background in science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM) and/or Education disciplines to be STEM Club Facilitators in Community STEM Clubs. This mentoring program is a network of community-based clubs across the Greater Toronto- Hamilton Area that provides year-long, hands-on opportunities for children and youth to explore STEM!

As a facilitator, you will work within a team to deliver weekly workshops in STEM and engage in Grades 4-8 and enhance their knowledge of science. There are 29 Community STEM Clubs operating across the GTA. See the locations for a list of all communities and to find the one nearest to you.

Commitment: Sep. 21, 2019—May 9, 2020    Hours:  TBD

Day(s): TBD                                                      Frequency:  Weekly

Location: Varies, Greater Toronto Area

 

Indigenous Spirit Journey Mentoring

The Indigenous Spirit Journey (ISJ) mentoring program is an opportunity for UTM students to explore deeper connections with Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers. UTM mentors assist youth in an experiential journey involving land-based activities founded on Indigenous philosophical cultural teachings. 

Commitment: Sep. 19, 2019—Dec. 5, 2019    Hours:  4 (10am-2pm)

Day(s): Thursday                                               Frequency:  Weekly

Additional Requirement(s): Vulnerable Sector Check

Location: The Riverwood Conservancy (4300 Riverwood Park Ln, Mississauga, ON L5C 2S7)

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

 

Pathways to Post-Secondary Education (P2PSE) Mentoring Program

Designed by the Centre for Student Engagement, the P2PSE Mentorship Program aims to work within communities and elementary schools to help youth enhance both their literacy, science and math skills. UTM students also guide and support youth in their learning journeys through fun workshops that build their social and emotional skills and provide guidance to aspiring learners.

Commitment: January 14, 2020-March 31, 2020        Hours: 2 (3:30 pm- 5:30 pm)

Day(s): Tuesday                                                            Frequency:  Weekly

Additional Requirement(s): None

Location: South Common Community Centre (2233 South Millway, Mississauga, ON L5L 3H7)


Back to the top of page

 

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.

Inquiries

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: martin.kengo@utoronto.ca

Back to the top of page