Mentoring - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta


Supporting youth at risk through mentoring opportunities is important to the Alberta government.

Child and youth mentoring, supported by the Alberta government,is when a caring individual provides a young person with support, advice, friendship, positive reinforcement and constructive role modelling over time. This support involves teaching skills, listening to their perspectives and creating a sense of belonging.

Mentoring helps young people develop confidence, self-esteem and social skills. Research tells us that, over time, consistent mentorship increases the likelihood that a child or youth will complete high school and experience success in life.

To support children and youth at risk develop resiliency, the Alberta government  funds community organizations to provide mentoring opportunities for children and youth in government care and youth at risk.

Additionally, the Alberta government supports the Alberta Mentoring Partnership. The partnership is a network of organizations committed to advancing mentorship in Alberta. Whether you want to mentor a young person as an individual or as an organization, strengthen your programming for Alberta’s youth, or want to connect with a mentoring organization, the Alberta Mentoring Partnership can help.

Highlights of the Alberta Mentoring Partnership:

  • Created in 2008
  • 100 partners, including government, community agencies, businesses and youth
  • Provides research, training and resources and works with communities and organizations to develop and enhance mentoring programs in Alberta
  • Hosted the 2016 National Mentoring Symposium, a Canada-wide conference, to advance the unique contributions of mentoring to the well-being of children and youth, volunteer mentors and communities. Highlights include: innovative partnerships, promising practices, unique programs, and leading research
Modified: 2018-01-18
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