The Mentoring Program pairs a youth (ages 5 to 24) who identifies as LGBTQ2S+, or is questioning their identity, with an adult mentor from the community. A mentor can be compared to an older sibling: they will always be ready to offer you support or guidance, and participate in fun activities with you. To put it simply: A queer mentor is a fun and supportive friend from the LGBTQ2S+ community.
Studies show that youth matched with mentors are 80% more likely to finish high school, 46% less likely to use drugs, 27% less likely to use alcohol, and 52% less likely to skip school.
You and your mentor will collaboratively plan weekly or bi-weekly outings. During these outings you can choose what you do. Some ideas include:
- Going for bike rides or walks
- Painting or working on an art project
- Practicing photography, sewing, or other cool hobbies
- Visiting new places around the city—like an arcade or art gallery
- Trying new activities.
Together, the mentee & mentor build a friendship based on setting goals and having fun. During your outings you might decide to set goals for yourself that your mentor can help you with. These goals could be fun (like watching a new movie together or making a cool art project) or more practical (like practicing for a math test). Goals are whatever you want.
We offer two streams of mentoring opportunities: one-to-one matches and group mentoring.
This stream pairs you with a youth who is seeking individual support. A youth is paired with a mentor based on shared experiences and interests. Together the mentor and youth will plan weekly or bi-weekly outings in the community. During these outings matches participate in activities based on their interests—for example, going for a bike ride, painting, bowling, watching movies—and work towards goals set by the youth and mentor.
When you volunteer as a mentor for a Youth Program at the Pride Centre, you act as a role model & support to
the youth who attend. You’ll participate in the programs alongside the youth with the goal of forming positive, youth-centered friendships.
Join Our Mentoring Program
For more information and to enter the program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about entering the program as a youth, please contact the Pride Centre of Edmonton.