As COVID-19 restrictions begin to lift, we must remember those young people who are still trapped in a form of social isolation – aimless, alone, lonely and losing hope—and think about how we can rally together to make sure that the power of relationships can give purpose to one generation as it invests in helping to raise the next.
How does mentoring support the rights of a child? Mentoring is a great way to add another caring adult to a child’s life to ensure they are #SeenAndHeard.
Mentoring is supported by research as a high-impact, low cost intervention that can ensure a continuation of essential emotional support, connection and stability that a young person needs in times of uncertainty and upheaval. Sometimes, this provides the critical lifeline and connection needed to bring hope for the future.
At MENTOR Canada, we are calling for more mentors to step forward by reaching outside of their immediate family to make themselves available for a young person. Current estimates exceed 15,000 young people on waitlists for a mentor – a caring older person to take an interest in them – someone just like you. What does it mean to be a mentor? Learn more with our free Online Mentor Orientation.
Children represent a quarter of Canada’s population and 100% of our future. They are citizens with rights, opinions and ideas. For many children, a mentor can be become their advocate – someone to help amplify their voice, speak up for their needs and listen to them. When we help children to be seen and heard, we are helping them to thrive.
To find a mentoring experience near you visit becomeamentor.ca.