MENTORSHIP & RELATIONSHIP BUILDING
Mentorship and Relationship Building. Our mentorship programs are designed to connect girls to individual mentors as well as each other in a one on one setting or in a group setting. Individual mentors are connected based on personal stories and or career choices for a minimum of one year.
In addition to that, we work with the parents, specifically mothers of our girls to provide them with resources and programs that strengthen the bonds between mothers and daughters and to ensure that our girls continue to have that support needed after the period of their mentorship relationships. We also ensure that girls get access to education and training programs that are designed to help girls achieve their educational goals in a way that encourages thoughts passion and individuality. This is achieved by creating learning opportunities that cultivate and nurture the individual passions and purpose of the girls in our programs. that our girls have a consistent caring adult in their life to help them on their journey.
Our education and training programs involve helping girls identify their individual path regardless of the limitations placed on them by society and also providing resources that educate on entrepreneurship and the different sectors available to them. Creating and connecting girls to various internship opportunities are part of the process of helping girls identify their path. We will also be providing facilitation training for girls interested in facilitating and or organizing workshops in their individual communities to expand the Power To Girls Movement across the city. Our goal is to provide at least 2 sets of training in every fiscal year.
WHY IS MENTORSHIP IMPORTANT?
- We know that all Ontario youth need at least one single, consistent, supportive, caring adult in their lives. The relationships youth build with adult and peer role models can play an important role in determining their choices in the future. Mentors can help build skills and increase a young person’s self-efficacy, build morals and positive values, set attainable goals, and provide direction in achieving their goals.
Evidence shows that all youth, whether they are at-risk or not, benefit from having a mentoring relationship with a non-parent adult. Establishing and maintaining a relationship with a mentor has been shown to support positive development for youth who don’t have strong relationships with other adults. Both personal mentors and mentorship programs for at-risk youth have been found to improve outcomes. Studies of mentoring programs have found that mentors from a similar social background are often most successful in supporting
- An increase in resources for girls
- An increased access to caring adults
- Building the capacity of adults to better support youth
- A safe space for girls to truly be themselves
- A consistent caring adult for girls
- Peer to Peer mentorship
- Girls are empowered to become mentors, leaders and role models within their communities
- Girls build
long lastingrelationships and an opportunity to develop trust for adults and caregivers
- Girls gain new transferable skills that help them achieve their individual goals