The Mentorship Program focuses on supporting the settlement and integration of newcomer immigrant and refugee youth entering grades 7-12 throughout the school year in the summer. The program provides information, resources, and support to facilitate
positive transitions for youth into Canadian schools and communities. A unique aspect of the program involves the participation of Peer Mentors, youth who were once newcomers themselves, who provide 1:1 support for incoming newcomer youth during programming and community connections activities.

We offer after-school programs during the school year (at select school locations) where newcomer youth can:

  • Participate in fun group activities and field trips
  • Make new friends
  • Develop life skills
  • Practice speaking English in a safe and respectful environment
  • Build teamwork skills
  • Enhance leadership abilities and confidence
  • Learn about Canada and Calgary
  • Meet inspiring community speakers and leaders

The program consists of three main components, along with two unique summer orientation programs to prepare newcomer youth for the upcoming school year. These are:

 

Being a peer mentor helps me explore new things such as leading other people, and it helps me find my own identity. I helped newcomers by giving them a school tour, showing them classes, and acquainting them with the school so that they won’t feel lonely. From this experience, I learned how to communicate with newcomers, how to lead our peers and build confidence. Helping newcomers helps me improve in my speaking, especially English.

Email us at mentorship@cbfy.ca to learn more about this program or to register!

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