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A Bit About Mentors

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:

Friendship and Guidance

  • 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.

Promoting healthy parenting

  • 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.

Encouraging Independence

  • Self-empowerment: 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.
  • Self-awareness: 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.

Education

  • 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.

Teach

  • 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.

 




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For further information contact: Maureen Hobbs (phone: 250-478-6658 fax: 250-478-6165)
Victoria, Western Communities, and Sooke BC, Canada

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