Mentoring - United Way Alberta Capital Region


"Because he has the support at [the school] his marks are improving 100%… they are not as bad as they could [be] because he has people that believe in him… when he gets frustrated and he gives up on something because he can’t focus, or he can’t do this, or he can’t do that. They don’t give up on him." - Parent

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Ben rushes over to you as you enter the library. He is very excited to introduce you to Emily, an alumni student who graduated from an All in for Youth school and is visiting the school. He leads you to a young lady sitting at a table in the middle of the room talking with the librarian.


Mentoring is a powerful way of lending support to a young person by teaching skills, listening to their perspectives, and creating a sense of belonging. Research demonstrates, over time, consistent interaction with a mentor increases the likelihood a child or youth will complete high school and experience success in life. Having access to a mentor improves academic outcomes, supports healthier life decisions, and decreases risky behaviours.

Children with a mentor are:

  • 27% less likely to start using alcohol
  • 37% less likely to skip a class
  • 46% less likely to start using drugs
  • 52% less likely to miss school
  • 78% of former “littles” and mentees who came from a social assistance background do not rely on social assistance as adults


Between September 2019 and March 2020, 234 elementary and junior high students at All in for Youth schools benefitted from mentoring relationships.

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