Virtual In School Mentoring
The In School Mentoring Program
has gone VIRTUAL!
The worldwide proclaimed Covid-19 pandemic forced a critical response from our Staff and our Volunteers in regards to limitation of the Schools in Saskatoon and Area that engage in the In School Mentoring Program.
Mentors and Mentees now participate in VIRTUAL MENTORING to ensure they are still able to connect. This response ensures we deliver a safe, secure, private, and supported environment for Mentors and Mentees to meet over the web.
About the Program
The In School Mentoring Program provides children and youth in a Saskatoon and Area Elementary school with a role model, a friend to talk with and someone to share the experiences of growing up.
For one hour, once a week, during the duration of the school year, Mentors (Volunteers) meet with their Mentee (the child/youth) and engage in activities to help build their Mentee’s self-esteem. Matches (a Mentee + a Mentor) do not meet outside of school, over the summer break or during school holidays.
What our Mentors and Mentees are Saying
“During these uncertain times, where our whole lives have been turned upside-down, I was appreciative of the fact that I could maintain a sense of normalcy and connect with my mentee. I liked that we could chat virtually face to face and check in with each other over the summer. Overall, I thought that it went well and that during our 30 minute conversation we could share stories and continue to get to know one another. – Molly
“My favourite thing about seeing Molly on Facetime was that we still got to catch up, but I like seeing her in person better! Every virtual visit with her was my favourite! Virtual mentoring was different because we didn’t get to hug, but I still liked talking to her. It was different, but not bad, and we made the best of it! It was important that I stayed connected to her because she helps me talk to other people more. And I would miss her if I didn’t get to talk to her.” – Lailanie
“Having a mentor makes
me feel like I can be myself.”
–Grade 7 Student
“Mentor day is
–Grade 4 Student
“Providing our students with a mentor is one of the most impactful things we can do.”
–Gail Hendry, Aboriginal Student Achievement Coordinator
How Does the In School Mentoring Program Work?
Read the infographic below to find out more!