One to One Mentoring

Community-based Mentoring Programs

The Community-based mentoring programs provides children and youth with a role model to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee, which is built on trust and common interests, and is supported by our experienced case-workers. The result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee.

The Community-based mentoring programs usually require one regularly scheduled outing per week of between two and four hours and a minimum of a one year commitment. Mentoring can take place anywhere depending on the activity selected for that week.


Types of Community-based Mentoring:

  • Big Brothers = one male-identifying mentor with one male-identifying child/youth
  • Big Sisters = one female-identifying mentor with one female-identifying child/youth
  • Big Couple  = two mentors in a committed relationship with one male-identifying child/youth
  • Cross-Gender = one female-identifying mentor with one male-identifying child/youth
  • Trans/Non-Binary/Gender Non-Conforming = one mentor with one child/youth where one or both identify as transgender, non-binary or gender non-conforming

School-based Mentoring Programs

The School-based Mentoring Programs provides elementary school students with a role model, a friend to talk to, and someone to share the experiences of growing up. For one hour a week, the mentor meets with the mentee at their school and engages in activities such as board games, crafts, sports, etc.

School-based mentoring programs require a weekly visit of one hour per week for the duration of the school year. Matches do not meet over the summer break or during other school holidays.

The In-School Mentoring Programs run at several partner schools for the 2021-2022 school year with COVID-19 safety protocols in-place.  You can start your mentoring at any point in the school year between September and March.

Types of School-Based Mentoring

  • In-School Mentoring with mentors aged 14 to senior. 2021-2022 schools include: Campus View, Craigflower, George Jay, Quadra, Tillicum and Vic West Elementary Schools, as well as Queneesh Elementary in the Comox Valley.
  • Teen Mentoring with mentors aged 14 to 18 from paired elementary and secondary schools. 2021-2022 schools include: Marigold Elementary and Spectrum Community School; Salt Spring Elementary and Gulf Islands Secondary School; Saseenos Elementary and Edward Milne Community School; Brooklyn Elementary and Highland Secondary School plus Valley View Elementary and Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School in the Comox Valley.


Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds

Go Girls! is a group mentoring program for girls ages 11-15 that focuses on physical activity, balanced eating and self-confidence/self-compassion. The single, most important goal of the program is to positively shape the lives of young women and girls by helping them build a positive self-image – setting them on a path to reach their full potential in life.

Due to COVID-19, we have temporarily adapted the program to run online using the Zoom platform. This program is completely free, includes a Go Girls supply kit, and runs once a week with a video meeting for 1 hour and 15 minutes. The ratio is 3 mentors to 12 participants.