YES Mentoring

What to Expect

As a mentor, you will work one-on-one with your mentee and begin your mentoring journey by being in contact with them weekly, and seeing them monthly for a minimum of a year. During this time you will also work with them on financial literacy and basic life skills. 

Being a Mentor:

  • Once matched, commit a minimum of a one-year to YES mentee
  • Connect in-person monthly with YES Mentee
  • Communicate weekly with YES Mentee

Building a Relationship: 

Building relationships can be hard, this is why we ask you to be consistent weekly and monthly with contact and visits. This will help you build a trusting relationship.

You should be prepared to visit your mentee at home (or in placement) and work toward feeling comfortable going out in the community. Each relationship is different. Your experience will be unique to you and your mentee but you always have the support of the YES Mentoring Program team to help you feel comfortable and competent along the way. Most mentors report feeling a much stronger connection with their YES youth than they anticipated, and are grateful for the opportunity to remain in the lives of their YES youth!

Throughout the Year:

The YES Mentoring Team hosts events and additional classes throughout the year for the mentors and mentees to participate in.

Past examples include:        

  • Healthy Cooking on a Budget
  • Filing Tax Returns
  • Yoga and Mindfulness
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Service Projects
  • Bat Boat 
  • Trail of Lights 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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“Whenever you feel like you’re alone there’s always someone there for you and for me that’s my mentor, having her in my life opened my eyes to a lot of things, it has helped me have my voice and being confident about it." 

- YES Youth

“Having my mentor in my life is having a family I never knew I had, she have helped me through countless of things, when I was going through my rough times, she was there even though she was pregnant, she still made time for me. Having her is the best support system I’ve ever had to be honest because most of the time I don’t even text or check up on her but there she is texting me to check up on me and that right there is one of the best feelings, just someone checking up on you and making sure you’re ok.”

- YES Youth

“I love that I get to connect with a younger version of me! Hanging out with my mentee is like going back in time and identifying all the potential mistakes and having the chance to steer someone away from making the same ones”

- YES Mentor

“Being a YES mentor is very fulfilling , you have a sense of community and you get to really focus on the building relationship aspect.”

- YES Mentor