Become a mentor

A mentor is an adult volunteer who gives their time to build a meaningful relationship and share their experiences with a young person in their community.  

Our mentors are positive models of perseverance, compassion and personal success. By creating an equal relationship with a young person, rather than a teacher-student dynamic, mentors foster cooperation, give advice and support in a more open environment.

Of course, all of our mentors are carefully chosen and trained before they begin working with youth. They also receive ongoing training and assistance from the program’s support workers, with whom they meet regularly.

Being a Plusone mentor is a one-year commitment during which volunteers meet with youth for 2-3 hours a week, on average.  Meetings take place every week for the first 6-months and then become progressively less frequent as the youth begins their transition out of the program.

Want to know more? Feel free to consult our mentor FAQ or email one of our Service Sites directly.

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Before becoming a volunteer with the YMCA Plusone Mentoring program applicants must:
  • Complete a reference check and criminal background check.
  • Complete training on the YMCA Code of Conduct, Child Protection Policies, and the YMCA Plusone Mentoring training course.
  • Commit to meeting their mentee 2 hours per week for a period of one year, and fulfilling the mission, vision, values of the YMCA.
  • Acknowledge that they may not be selected as a mentor, or that the matching process can take considerable time.
Please also note: An evaluation of the program is being conducted to improve our understanding of how well it is working and to identify how it can be improved. We don't believe there is anything in the evaluation that could harm participants or result in a negative experience, but if you have any questions or concerns please let the evaluators or the Plusone program staff know.
For the evaluation you may be invited to participate in an interview or focus group. All information collected will remain anonymous and confidential, it will be kept in an electronic file on a password encrypted device, and only the evaluation team will have access to it. We will keep your information for a period of 5 years following the end of the evaluation in 2021, and then securely destroy it.
The results of the evaluation will be shared with Public Safety Canada. No identifying information will be shared so all participants will remain anonymous. Participation in the evaluation is voluntary. You have the right to decline participating in the evaluation and it will not affect your standing in the program.


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