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Ethno-Racial Youth Mentoring Program (ERYM)


ERYM is a mentoring program for newcomer youth between the ages of 9 and 13 and is designed to engage and slowly develop relationships of trust, where resiliency of youth and families can be celebrated. ERYM honours, respects and works with the realities that youth and families face as they transition into the Canadian culture.

In addition to working with newcomer youth, ERYM also engages the mothers of the youth through mentoring relationships to assist them with their own adaptation process. Mother mentors provide one-on-one companionship and support for mothers of youth participants. The goal is that mother mentors can assist their mentees in understanding not only their own adaptation process but also their children’s integration to the Canadian context.

Both components consist of monthly group activities and one-on-one connections between mentors and mentees. Mentors and mentees are introduced during the monthly group activities to see if youth and mothers connect with a mentor. There is no paper matching involved.

ERYM has two primary goals:

  • To foster a relationship between Ethno-Racial youth, particularly those who may be at-risk, with a caring adult.
  • To foster a relationship between the mother of a youth program participant with a mother mentor.

Once a match is made, the mentor makes weekly connections in between the monthly activities either over the phone, by email or in person to offer support and to assist the mentees’ with developing goals.

Mentoring Youth Component:

  • Based on relational matching versus paper matching
  • Youth Mentors connect one-on-one (via internet, phone or in person) with up to three young people in between monthly group activities
  • Participate in monthly group activities and mentor led outings

Mother to Mother Component:

  • Based on relational matching versus paper matching
  • Mother mentors connect one-on-one (via internet, phone or in person) with a mother participant
  • Participate in monthly groups gatherings and mentor led outings
  • Mothers are often more comfortable with the group setting and it may take some time before they embrace a mentor

If you are interested in becoming a Youth Mentor or Mother Mentor: please inquire here

If you're interested in this program: please inquire here

For questions about the program contact: mandy.mcdonagh@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca
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