There are so many innovative ways to mentor. 

These ways include a grassroots Indigenous Mentoring Program like Coyote Pride, where mentors can meet with a mentee in school or virtually. Coyote Pride was featured in this recent article.

Mentoring is also possible through the corporate and private sector with MENTOR Canada’s  Power of Mentoring events that connect youth with private sector employee mentors and the Canadian labour market. 

The Power of Mentoring Campaign offers a series of facilitated, virtual networking and skill-building experiences designed to support youth aged 18-24 to build networks and increase their social capital.

All youth, especially those disconnected from education, employment and/or training, like many Indigenous youth are, should have access to relationships that support them in achieving their academic, career, and life goals. 

Hosted in partnership with private sector companies and businesses, MENTOR Canada’s Power of Mentoring events are focused on expanding networks, enhancing employment skills and increasing access to job opportunities. 

Youth gain an understanding of the practical job skills required to meet labour market demands, develop an awareness of the future work, and learn how to access opportunities aligned to academic, career and life goals.  

These relationships broaden perspectives, increase opportunities and strengthen communities for everyone.

MENTOR Canada has teamed up with Deloitte, RBC and Starbucks Canada to expand the Power of Mentoring.

The goal of these collaborative events includes expanding the professional networks for young leaders across Canada aged 18 and up, engaging in unique conversations with employee volunteers who share career experiences, insights, and support young leaders in developing/enhancing their skills to succeed at school, work and in life.  

Learn more and stay tuned for upcoming virtual Power of Mentoring events.

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Private sector employees are virtually matched with young leaders to engage in career mentoring discussions

Topics include personal branding, goal setting and networking, and they receive tip sheets and conversation guides to support their engagement.  

Tanya Tourangeau, the new Indigenous Engagement Lead for MENTOR Canada and the Alberta Mentoring Partnership (AMP), looks forward to building upon the momentum of #MentoringMonth by expanding these initiatives to include Indigenous organizations, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and private corporations as partners to grow the Indigenous Mentoring Movement. 

“Together, we can develop innovative, culturally respectful solutions, tools, resources to address the needs that our young people face,” Tourangeau said. “It would be fantastic to advance MENTOR Canada’s Power of Mentoring events and develop a unique culturally relevant approach that build networks of support for Indigenous youth with the private sector and Canada’s labour market.” 

In this final week of #MentoringMonth, those at MENTOR Canada and the Alberta Mentoring Partnership (AMP) would like to thank you who expressed raising awareness of mentoring across Canada. 

These officials also acknowledge and thank Windspeaker and its staff for collaborating and helping to develop this amazing campaign to recruit mentors and to elevate awareness about the importance of mentoring for Indigenous children and youth. 

Those interested in other mentoring opportunities in Alberta and across the country can head to the MENTOR Canada website.

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