The Mentorship Program builds community, creates leaders & changes lives.

We focus on supporting the settlement and integration of newcomer immigrant and refugee youth entering grades 7-12 during the school year and 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.

Youth in the Mentorship Program have the opportunity to…

  • participate in fun group activities & field trips
  • make new friends
  • develop teamwork & life skills
  • practice speaking English in a safe & respectful environment
  • enhance leadership abilities & confidence
  • learn about Canada & Calgary
  • meet inspiring community speakers & leaders

To learn more about our programs or to apply, please contact us at mentorship@cbfy.ca or call 403-230-7745 ext. 101.

“Being a peer mentor helps me explore new things such as leading other people, and it helps me and 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 other newcomers, how to lead our peers and build confidence.”

Information & Orientation

WIN & NOW

Welcome & Information for Newcomers (WIN) is for junior high youth in grades 7-9 and Newcomer Orientation & Welcome (NOW) is for high school youth in grades 10-12. Both programs are designed to prepare youth for the Canadian school system.
Offered twice per year at select schools and Calgary Public Library locations.

Afterschool Programs

 

Core Program

The program provides newcomer immigrant and refugee youth in high school with the information, resources, and support to facilitate positive transitions into Canadian schools and communities.
Offered at select high schools during the school year.

Cross-Age Mentorship Program

High school students mentor and guide newcomer youth in grades 7-9 by providing them with a positive role model and supporting their emotional and academic needs.
Offered at select junior high schools during the school year.

 

Syrian Initiative

Supports the settlement and integration of Syrian refugee youth through a unique curriculum and programming offered in Arabic in order to address settlement needs.
Offered at select CBE high schools during the school year.

 

Advanced Programing

 

Level Up

A fun and unique program that offers youth advanced life skills training including critical thinking, problem-solving, and effective communication. Offered twice per year at select central community locations.

Transitioning Into Post-Secondary (TIPS)

Post-secondary students act as mentors by providing newcomer youth with the information and support necessary to make a successful transition into post-secondary studies.
Offered twice per year at select post-secondary campuses and Calgary Public Library locations.

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