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Who are they
and what do they do? Mentors are volunteers who spend time with young
moms and assist them in the challenges of parenting. They do this by:
- Mentors understand
the challenges of young parenting. Moms and mentors enhance parenting
in a nurturing, resourceful and non-judgmental way.
- Mentors enjoy
spending time together with young parents and their children. Mentoring
relationships value mutual respect, supportive and healthy friendships
with young families.
- Mentors promote
positive parenting skills and participate in prenatal and parent education
programs and discussion groups with young parents. Mentors enjoy sharing
the experience of being a mom.
- Mentors keep
up-to-date information on parenting resources. They also encourage young
parents to access various resources in the community, ie. Public Health
parent courses, Neighbourhood House and recreation center.
By taking the initiative for their own growth, young parents' and mentors
are empowered. Mentors' believe in young parents' and in their ability
to accomplish goals.
Mentors encourage young parents to establish personal boundaries for
their own protection as well as their children.
- Legal rights:
They are encouraged to know their legal rights and to know how to make
informed decisions on issues such as custody and child support. Other
issues concerning housing and rental agreements are also discussed.
- Mentors encourage
young parents to finish high school and progress onto their individual
goals, including post-secondary programs, college and university. Community
organizations are contacted to assist young parents in accessing scholarships.
- Safety: Mentors
promote safety in the home and encourage young parents to take basic
CPR and a first aid course. Tips on a variety of topics related to parenting,
child development and life style planning are discussed.
- Budgeting: Money
saving tips assist young parents with financial concerns.
- Mentors help
young parents to get the best value for their dollar.
- Homemaking skills:
Mentors share ideas on how to make a house a home.
For further information contact: Maureen Hobbs (phone: 250-478-6658 fax:
Victoria, Western Communities, and Sooke BC, Canada
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