Who the Program Supports
The program supports vulnerable young people between the ages of 6-23, who are currently open with any program at Hull Services and are looking for a positive role model in their life. Some of these children and youth connected to Hull live on our main campus in Woodbine, and some live in Calgary and surrounding area. Mentors are often the only unpaid support in these children’s lives.
With a genuine interest in young people and commitment to the role, mentors provide important social and emotional support to their mentees. Their time, perspective and skills can influence a young person’s path and future. They are a positive role model, identify and develop the young person’s strengths, build their self-esteem, improve their life skills, and expose them to new interests and opportunities. The mentor commits 6-8 hours/month and a minimum of one year to the mentoring relationship.
There are a variety of ways to mentor at Hull Services:
Mentors volunteer their time with a child or youth one-on-one and develop a relationship by doing various activities together. Over time, the mentor can help the youth improve their self-confidence, academic skills, life skills, and expose the youth to new opportunities, interests and connections in the community.
Group mentors may share a talent like cooking, dancing, art, yoga, drumming, soccer or skating with a group of Hull youth. The possibilities are endless; creating that spark of interest and having fun with the kids is what’s important.
Committed to excellence
Program staff are trained to facilitate healthy relationships and provide guidance to mentors, mentees and caregivers throughout their involvement. Program staff and volunteer mentors are involved in regular training opportunities through Hull Services including trauma informed care, to enhance their skills and knowledge.