Big Brothers Big Sisters of Weyburn are bringing back the In-School Mentoring Program. The group is calling on high school students and adult volunteers to spend an hour a week with youth.
It is often said that it takes a community to raise a child and now there is science to prove it. Positive and supportive mentorship helps children build resilience to adversity and according to the Center of the Developing Child at Harvard University, strong mentorship helps prevent negative health complications in adulthood such as depression, anxiety, violent behaviors, and substance problems.
“We are in full gear of recruiting our grades 11 and 12 students from the Comp. and then also adults from the community who have an hour during their day to head to Legacy Elementary School to mentor a child,” said Amy Mohr, Director of Development and Communications.
Mohr shares the process and what to expect as a mentor, "After the screening and the training process, we want to set you up for success and make sure that you understand the rules and the expectations to go into this mentoring relationship, feeling confident and able to connect with the young person. You would spend an hour at the elementary school and as long as you stay on school property the activities are endless. It has nothing to do with academics. It's just simply about making a friendship and kind of encouraging the child to come to school because they get to hang out with you and have fun for an hour.”
Some activities include playing board games, crafts, computer games, playing in the gym, or maybe playing outside.
Mohr expressed her gratitude to the Young Fellows of Weyburn for sponsorship, who are allocating $5000 to the mentoring program to allow for the training process which takes approximately five hours.
Those interested in becoming a mentor can go to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Weyburn website here or contact them on their Facebook page.
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