Our award-winning volunteer program will provide all the support and training you need to impact the lives of high-risk and newcomer kids.
Learn how to build youth resilience through our training in positive role-modelling, child behaviour management, anti-discrimination, child abuse awareness and youth mental health and learning disabilities. Opportunities for youth and students to grow critical thinking skills, leadership abilities and volunteer experience that employers want.
Being a mentor doesn’t only change your mentee’s life, it also changes yours. The success of your mentee and the skills that you build will be a constant reminder of your social impact – for years to come.
Do you live within the Toronto or York Region area? Are you between the age of 16 and 29?
Can you meet with your mentee on a weekly basis for 1 year? You can do it on your own schedule. Yes? Become a mentor!
Mentor Training Program
24 hr emergency support hotline
Free activities for you & your mentee
Change a youth’s life – and yours– forever!
Being a mentor doesn’t only change your mentee’s life, it also changes yours. Read stories from mentors and learn more about how peer mentorship can transform both of your lives. Watch a video about the rewards experienced by both a mentee and mentor.
Who are the youth you will peer mentor?
Youth Assisting Youth matches youth mentors with newcomer and at-risk kids, ages 6-15, in a one-on-one peer mentoring relationship.
The kids you’ll empower often face behavioural, social, emotional, and cultural challenges. They may also be coping with a mental health issue and/or learning disability. Youth Assisting Youth’s kids really need support from a consistent and positive role model.
We provide in-depth training, case management and 24/7 emergency support to help both you and your mentee succeed.
Training & support
Youth Assisting Youth provides you with training to ensure you have the knowledge and skills you need to be an impactful youth mentor for at-risk and newcomer kids.
Our extensive training program teaches positive role-modelling, child behaviour management, anti-discrimination, child abuse awareness and youth mental health and learning disabilities. You’ll also receive ongoing support from social worker and 24 hr emergency support for the duration of the relationship.
We also provide tons of free activities to help you spend time with your mentee – often experience that mentees would not normally have the financial resources to attend. Like a major league ball game or special movie screening!
Learn more about Youth Assisting Youth’s mentorship programs!
Mentor time commitment
We ask volunteers to commit to meeting with their mentee on a consistent weekly basis, including an average of 10 hours per month for a minimum of 1 year. Matches may continue beyond 1 year if both parties agree to remain matched.
Please note: Your pre-application will be assessed and should there be a match between the information you provided and our current needs (i.e. a mentor within Etobicoke), we will contact you within a week with additional information on our intake process. Due to the number of applications, there may be times where response times are longer than a week.