Helpful Resources

Ted Talks Education: Rita Pierson: Every Kid Needs A Champion

This inspiring video is about the value and importance of connection and relationships for kids. It holds a powerful message that helps us understand the power of connection and having a champion who will who never give up on them.

The Mentor’s Guide: Facilitating Effective Learning Relationships by Lois J. Zachary

This resource book offers insight on how to facilitate a mentor and mentee relationship. This guide offers many examples and offers many exercises to incorporate in your mentor sessions. This book is great resource for mentor, teachers, and leaders from different careers, professions and within the educational settings.

Alberta Mentor Partnership & National Mentoring Partnership

These 2 websites helped a lot with developing the Mentor Program. These sites include research-based learnings and statistics that legitimised the importance of Mentorship in the lives of young people. It also has tools in how to start a Mentoring Program and shows a community of other youth-serving organisations that have Mentoring components.

TeenMentalHealth.org

This is the perfect site to learn about, and knowing how to live with and care for Mental Disorders and Illnesses! They provide toolboxes for caregivers, parents, and teens, provided resources on this and other matters pertaining to the lives of teenagers.

Alive Inside

This documentary explores how music can provide healing for many people across the world. It “follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the non-profit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it”(Michael Rossato-Bennett,2014). As a mentor, I have noticed that youth having a sense of self is key to their personal growth and development. During our mentor sessions, I have incorporated different forms of music and noticed that it not only provides healing, but also a means of understanding themselves, and connecting with others.

Get Your Angries Out

This is a great website for anger relief. It has interactive videos that can talk you through feeling angry to back to normal again. It has resources to help both adults and children. It also has lots of lesson plans on resilience that can be found here: http://www.angriesout.com/resilience.htm

This a great resource for anger that can be found on the angries out website:
http://www.angriesout.com/anger-management.pdf

There is a blog on TJ’s Radio Show regarding the Graffitti Wall Re-Launch that can be found here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/teamtoby/2015/08/11/the-graffitti-wall-re-launch–how-art-is-bringing-people-together-for-change

  • Mentors meet with elementary aged students who have been identified as needing extra support
  • Mentors facilitate a support group for children struggling with divorce or separation in their family (Heart of the Matter)
  • Mentors run a summer recreation program for children 7-11 and train youth 12-15 to become peer mentors in the camp
  • Students Assisting Students Program (SASP) trains youth in leadership skills
  • Community Helpers Program (CHP) trains young adults on mental health issues and how to support a friend