Mentoring is a powerful way of lending support to a young person by teaching skills, listening to their perspectives and creating a sense of belonging and connection. Spending time with a young person may seem simple, but science tells us that healthy interactions and relationships with supportive adults can boost children’s brain development, mental health, and well-being.
The mentorship program at Hull ensures the young people we support have the opportunity to build a healthy relationship with an adult, have a positive role model in their life, develop their strengths and build their self-esteem. At Hull Services, mentors are an integral part of our holistic approach to treatment and care.
Mentors amplify the life of young people through a series of seemly insignificant interactions like telling a joke and sharing laugh, bonding through a common interest, or just being there when they say they will. But science tells us that healthy interactions and relationships with supportive adults can boost young people’s brain development, mental health, and well-being.
In celebration of National Mentoring Month, two Hull mentor and mentee pairs share their positive experiences being in our Mentors Matter program and how it has impacted their lives.
A smile can brighten someone’s day, a compliment can make someone feel good – positive interactions affect how our brain develops, which is why it’s important to have positive role models in our life. Our Senior Director of Clinical Advancement & Trauma Informed Services celebrates National Mentoring Month by talking about the importance of mentors in a young person’s life and the correlation between positive relationships and brain development.
Think about a person that made you feel valued and supported, that helped with your self-confidence and growth and saw potential in you. You can be that person for one of our young people in Calgary by volunteering as a mentor with Hull Services.Click here to learn more