One to One Mentoring

Big Brothers Mentoring

The Big Brothers mentoring program provides boys and young men with a role model to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee, which is built on trust and common interests, and is supported by our experienced case-workers. The result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee.

The Big Brothers mentoring program requires weekly outings of two to four hours each on average and a minimum of a one year commitment.

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Big Sisters Mentoring

The Big Sisters mentoring program provides girls and young women with a role model to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee, which is built on trust and common interests, and is supported by our experienced case-workers. The result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee.

The Big Sisters mentoring program requires weekly outings of two to four hours each on average and a minimum of a one year commitment.

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Big Couples Mentoring

The Big Couples mentoring program provides a child or youth with 2 role models to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentors (2 people in a committed relationship) and the mentee, which is built on trust and common interests, and is supported by our experienced case-workers. The result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee.

The Big Couples mentoring program requires weekly outings of two to four hours each on average and a minimum of a one year commitment.

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PRISM

(Pride, Respect, Identity, Safety, Mentoring)

PRISM is an innovative mentoring program designed specifically for the LGBTQ+ community in Muskoka.

The first of its kind in Muskoka, the PRISM program matches children and youth who identify as LGBTQ+ with an adult mentor who also identifies as LGBTQ+ for a one on one mentoring relationship. Through regular outings, the match will foster a friendship that is supportive, empowering and fun!

The PRISM program requires volunteers to commit to one outing per week, for a couple of hours. Mentors and mentees are asked to commit for a minimum of one year.

The purpose of a PRISM match is to:

• Provide role models for LGBTQ+ children and youth
• Foster pride and self-confidence
• Create inter-generational connections within Muskoka’s LGBTQ+   community
• Offer LGBTQ+ children and youth a safe adult mentor to  discuss identity with
• and above all, have fun!

Children and youth interested in being matched with a mentor must:

• Self identify as LGBTQ+
Be between 9 and 17 years old
• Want a mentor who identifies as LGBTQ+

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Across Generations Mentoring

A fantastic way to support local youth! This one-to-one mentoring program matches intergenerational mentors with a mentee. This program trains people who are aged 55+ for volunteer mentorship positions and enrolls children who need the support and friendship.

The Across Generations mentoring program requires weekly outings of two to four hours each on average and a minimum of a one year commitment.

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In-School Mentoring

In-School Mentoring provides elementary students who could benefit from extra emotional, social or academic support, with a caring adult Mentor. The goal is for students to become engaged, connected and confident members of their school and community.

The In-School Mentoring program requires a weekly visit of 1 hour for the duration of the school year. You are matched with a student in grades 1-8 based on common interests and location. The match takes place on school property during the school day and lasts until the end of the school year (April/June).

Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the Mentor and the child, built on trust and common interests, and is supported by our experienced Program Coordinators. The result is a life-changing experience for both the volunteer Mentor and child.

Our volunteers are caring adults, with various skill sets and a range of experience working with children. Volunteers are extensively screened, receive training regarding child safety, and are supported through consistent contact with Program Coordinators.

The In-School Mentoring Program strives to:

  • 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.

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