Adult In-School Mentor

(Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph, Mentoring Services for Children and Youth)

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Position ID: V-GUE0081 Last Modified: 09 Jun 2022 Last Full Update: 09 Jun 2022
Opportunity Details
Impact StatementIgnite a young person's interests and potential
ContactMarg Allen, Program Administrator, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph; Phone: 519-824-5154; Fax: 519-824-6156; Email:
DutiesThe In-School Mentoring program provides youth with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up. For one hour each week, mentors meet with their mentee and engage in fun activities such as board games, sports, crafts or just hang out during school hours at a local elementary school. 
The In-School Mentoring program requires a commitment of one-hour weekly visits plus additional transit time for the duration of the school year. Matches do not meet over the summer break or during other school holidays.
Sustainable Development GoalsGood Health and Well-Being ; Quality Education ; Reduced Inequality
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BenefitsGood opportunity for retirees, empty-nesters, university/college students, and employees with flexible schedules.  
This program helps to increase children's social-emotional skills, mental health and wellbeing, and educational engagement. 
Volunteers receive training in child safety, child development and communication skills. The experience gained presents an opportunity for personal/career development and satisfaction as a result of experiences, training opportunities and support. Volunteers also feel a sense of fulfillment because they have provided a safe, supportive, non-judgemental environment for a child to thrive in.
ClientsYoung people from grades 1-8 in need of a positive adult figure.
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students ; Persons with limited mobility
Areas of InterestBehavioural and Developmental Support Services ; Child & Family Services ; Education Support (Elementary / Secondary) ; Friend / Penpal ; Mental Health / Addictions ; Mentorship / Leadership ; Reading / Literacy ; Youth Services
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Mentoring & Training ; Planning & Organizing ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Sports & Coaching ; Able to relate well with children. Reliability and strong commitment is extremely important. Volunteers need to be organized and able to work with school personnel.
Commitment LengthMedium Term (4 months to 1 year) - Sept - June preferred, but flexible start/finish is available. ; Long Term (More than 1 year) ; A minimum commitment of 1 school year is required, with the option to continue in future school years in order to build a strong relationship with the child.
Interaction LevelOne-on-one
Minimum Hours1 / Week
Dates and TimesMonday: Morning, Afternoon (During regular school hours.) 
Tuesday: Morning, Afternoon (During regular school hours.) 
Wednesday: Morning, Afternoon (During regular school hours.) 
Thursday: Morning, Afternoon (During regular school hours.) 
Friday: Morning, Afternoon (During regular school hours.) 
Timing of visits may be flexible according to the volunteer and child's schedule.
SeasonsSpring ; Fall ; Winter ; Commitment for the duration of 1 school year.
AccessibilityAccessibility varies from location to location.
LocationAn assigned elementary school in Guelph & Wellington County
Number of PositionsAberfoyle ; Eramosa ; Guelph ; Puslinch ; Rockwood 
50 individual(s) needed in total. 
Positions available at schools throughout Guelph and surrounding areas.
TrainingOrientation - Provided ; Training is provided ; Training is required ; Scheduled training ; Training on the job ; Initial training, coupled with ongoing support from a caseworker throughout the course of the match.
TransportationNear public transit ; Mentorship is done in-person at the young persons school. Public or personal transportation would need to be used to get to the school.
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsAgency Interview, References, and Vulnerable Sector Police Check.
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Start DateOn or after 09 Sep 2022
Display Until23 Jun 2023
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Organization NameBig Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph, Mentoring Services for Children and Youth
Office Phone519-824-5154
Address & Map
285 Woolwich St
Guelph, ON N1H 3V8
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