Our mentoring services, including KidStart, are available to children, youth, and young adults who face challenges at home, at school, in the community, or are transitioning to independence from MCFD guardianship or a Youth Agreement.
WHY we do it...
Our aim is to help children, youth and young adults develop the resiliency they need to overcome the risk factors they face in their lives and for them to ultimately make good choices despite challenging circumstances.
HOW we work...
Our mentors are positive role models who develop supportive relationships with their mentees, encouraging them to participate in activities that allow them to experience success. The best way for these relationships to develop is to spend time together regularly and have fun - about once a week for three hours.
WHERE we do it...
6-12 years is available in Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, North Shore, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver. 13-18 years is available in Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, North Shore, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Sea to Sky, Sunshine Coast and Vancouver. 19+ Katzie First Nations Communities and Ridge Meadows.
What we do…
We recruit, screen and train caring adult volunteers to mentor these young people. Our screening process involves at least two interviews, three references and a police record check. Our mentors are trained in first aid and receive ongoing training, support and supervision to help them be the best mentor they can be.
How long is the program?
Relationships last at least one year, with many remaining active for much longer.
6-12: Anyone can refer a child to this part of the program including school teachers, counsellors, parents, guardians, family members and the police.
Email us at: [email protected]
Teens: A professional referral from a social worker or probation officer is required for a youth to access this part of the program. Email us at: [email protected]
19+: We accept referrals from probation officers and social workers working for the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD). Call 604 476 2821 to make a referral.