REAL Mentoring Program
The OPS Mentoring program began in February 2014 in partnership with FCSS and Alberta Mentoring Partnership. The program trains junior high and senior high mentors and they are matched with younger mentees. The pairs meet every Tuesday at lunch hour to eat together and engage in a variety of activities planned by the students. Any student in grades 1-12 are invited to participate in the program.
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What is Mentoring?
Mentoring is the presence of a caring individual who provides a young person with support, advice, friendship, reinforcement and constructive role-modelling over time. Mentoring is about building relationships.
Research supports that school-based mentoring impacts positive outcomes for children and youth including:
- increased high school completion rates
- improved attitudes about staying in school
- enhanced academic motivation and achievement
- improved social skills and behavior
- improved resiliency
- strengthened peer, school and family relationships
- reduced risk of involvement with drugs
- increased sense of belonging in the school community