Mentorship for at-risk Indigenous youth ages 12-24, and those involved in the justice system
Due to the impact of intergenerational trauma, Indigenous youth are at high risk of low education, incarceration, addictions, poverty, homelessness and poor health. Through this mentoring program, volunteer Indigenous mentors work one-on-one with youth to support and guide the youth as role models.
How it works
The mentors will act as role models and will build trusting relationships with the youth, and discuss insights, reflections, challenges and success. The mentors will also attend cultural mentoring sessions with youth, where Elders will teach them about Indigenous cultures, crafting, tradition, language lessons and ceremonies.
When youth don’t have any connection to family or community, they may not feel an obligation to respect themselves or others. Connecting at-risk youth to their culture and community through this mentoring program will provide youth with a sense of belonging and responsibility to the community.
How to be a mentee
Youth can self-refer or be referred by outreach workers, school affiliates or justice officials, by:
- Filling out the online form.
- Calling CJHS at 403-266-4566.