KidStart is a volunteer mentoring program for troubled children and youth aged 10-16, who are vulnerable to, and/or experiencing crime, addiction, abuse and family crisis. Young people are matched with adult volunteers who act as positive role models and help them build self-esteem through positive achievement. The objective is for the volunteer mentor and young person to develop a positive and supportive relationship based upon mutual trust. The mentor will engage their mentee for 2-3 hours each week in one-to-one activities that promote achievement and success. They will encourage the youth to develop their own interests, support learning and skill building, and open doors for them to participate in the community in a more meaningful way. The length of the relationship is open ended and many remain active to for years. If you would like more information on the program please go to www.kidstart.ca.
Referrals to the program can be made by police, probation officers, school counselors, community workers, parents, guardians or other family members.
KidStart volunteer mentors are recruited from throughout the community including colleges and universities. They are all carefully screened through interviews, reference checks and police record checks. If you are an outgoing, spontaneous, man or woman over age 19 with a positive attitude and a good sense of humour, why not spend time with a young person? If you are interested in being a Volunteer Mentor please contact us at 250-386-3428 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no program fee associated with the KidStart program.
The KidStart program is funded through grants from RBC Foundation, Telus Community Fund and Community Gaming.