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Mentoring in Schools

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Go back and help a child go forward.

Studies show that mentoring helps kids stay in school, avoid risky behavior such as bullying, and grow up having more respect for family, peers and community.

Helping children reach their full potential can lead to positive community outcomes like a reduction in poverty and unemployment, safer schools and neighbourhoods, and a new generation of civic-minded adults. 

In School Mentoring

The In School Mentoring program matches a child with a mentor for one hour a week at school, during the school year. Together, they engage in activities such as board games, crafts or just hang out in the playground.

The program strives to do the following:

  • provide a role model and a friend for girls and boys.
  • promote the importance of staying in school and healthy relationships with family and peers.
  • instill trust and self-confidence in order to make healthy decisions.
  • encourage leadership skills and independent thinking.
  • and above all, make a difference while having fun.



This school-based program matches elementary school students with high school students, under the guidance of adult mentors. Students participate in group activities on a regular basis. Younger students gain valuable social interaction with friends and the high school students learn leadership skills and the benefits of being a volunteer.


Still not sure mentoring is right for you? Try our Online Orientation!

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* 2005 study, Employer Supported Volunteerism. Commissioned by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and conducted by Northstar Research Partners
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