What is the Youth Career Mentorship Program?

The Youth Career Mentorship Program will provide a select number of youth in Sault Ste. Marie and the surrounding area aged 16-20 a chance to explore and learn about a career of their choosing to increase their chance of success in the chosen field.

Youth will apply to be a part of the program through Algoma’s youth portal and indicate what career(s) they are interested in pursuing, where they are in the process of career research, and a variety of other questions. Upon reviewing the applications 25 youth will be selected for the program and matched with a mentor from their chosen career field.

The overall goals of this program are:

  • Provide youth with an opportunity to explore a career field they may be interested in, in a cost-effective manner.
  • Create connections with youth and the “real world” experience.
  • Identify which careers are of higher interest to youth vrs. which careers would be available to them upon graduation.

The Youth Career Mentorship Program will run from May 7 to June 6, 2018. Each mentor/mentee is required to meet a minimum of three times for a minimum of 30 minutes over the program. Meetings will be documented and resources shared using the online mentoring platform, Mentorcity.

Are you interested in mentoring or being mentored?

Program Details

Why The Youth Career Mentorship Program?

The Youth Career Mentorship Program is an opportunity for youth aged 16-20 to learn from a mentor in a specific career field. The mentees decide on the career they are interested in pursuing and are matched with a mentor in that specific field. From this experience, they will gain knowledge and skills to help them succeed in the chosen field. They will build employability skills, increase their understanding of careers available within the region and increase their network of local professionals.

Program Objectives
  1. To ensure youth have a good experience with an appropriate mentor match to learn and gain valuable skills.
  2. To recruit valuable mentors from a variety of fields to contribute to improving youth overall employability in Algoma.
  3. To track and identify careers that youth are interested in, subsequently tracking employability in those fields.
  4. Provide skill growth for both the mentor and mentee.
  5. Support the mentors and mentees with training resources and networking opportunities.
Confidentiality

Mentors must provide a safe confidential space for mentees and vice versa. Only information required by the project lead will be collect and shared with other third party groups.

If a problem occurs, please contact the project coordinator as soon as possible.

Who Can Participate?

Youth living in or going to school in the Algoma region aged 16-20. Mentors in any field of work working in the Algoma Region. Mentors must provide a valid background check before being matched with a mentee.

Time Commitment

Each mentor must provide 3 scheduled meetings of a minimum of 30 minutes each. These meetings can take place at a time convenient to the mentoring relationship and can be in person, over the phone, via skype or online chat, or email, or text message. If meeting in person the mentoring pair must meet in a public setting and not at a private dwelling.

It is encouraged that the mentor make time to take the mentee on a site visit to experience a hands-on job shadowing experience.

Each mentor is required to take on at minimum one mentee and each mentee is expected to complete the three mentor meetings.

Each mentor and mentee must complete a selection of entrance and exit survey’s to help track progress throughout the mentoring relationship.

Mentors and mentees must attend one of 2, 1 hour training sessions on how to create an effective mentoring relationship.

How to Apply:

Complete the online application form for mentors or mentees and a representative will be in contact with you shortly afterwards.

We thank you for your participation in this project.

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