Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) has been supporting the health and wellbeing of Indigenous youth in the Metro Vancouver area for over 30 years. As a respected non-profit, charitable organization, we recognize Indigenous youth as experts in their own lives, and strive to provide youth with programs and opportunities that are relevant and meaningful to them.
UNYA’s Mentorship Program connects Indigenous youth, ages 12 to 15, with volunteer mentors in the community. With the support of positive role-models, youth have the opportunity to realize their strengths and work towards future goals. Our aim is to empower youth and provide them with the tools they need to make positive choices and changes, helping them grow into strong, capable, confident adults.
We are seeking committed volunteer mentors, from all backgrounds, to engage in meaningful and supportive relationships with 12 to 15 year old Indigenous youth.
Volunteer mentors meet with their youth throughout the month, and participate in one-on-one, fun, consistent and goal-oriented activities together. Both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people are encouraged to apply.
• You are a mature, positive role-model;
• You are energetic, and able to relate well to youth;
• You are goal-oriented, and motivated to work with youth on skills development and confidence building;
• You successfully complete a Criminal Records Check, specific to working with the vulnerable sector;
• You are able to commit to a mentorship lasting a minimum of 1 year, but preferably long-term;
• You are able to devote 2-4 hours per week to meet with your mentee.
• Mentor training session prior to beginning your mentorship;
• Ongoing support, assistance, advocacy, and guidance from program staff throughout your mentorship;
• Opportunity to develop long-lasting relationships with youth;
• Cross-cultural experience and training;
• Develop a deeper understanding of challenges faced by urban Indigenous youth;
• Free monthly group activities;
• Tickets to sporting, arts, and cultural events;
• Free bi-monthly workshops on subjects pertaining to effective mentoring and issues faced by urban Indigenous youth;
• Potential references to post-secondary institutions or employers after six successful months of mentoring.
Volunteer mentors report to UNYA’s Mentorship Program Manager.
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