When you’re young, your friends have a big influence on you. They have a lot of say in what music and clothing you like, the activities you do, and the choices you make. By harnessing the power of friendship, peer mentoring helps encourage healthy lifestyles for kids who need guidance and a helping hand.
We are a Toronto and York Region non-profit providing youth mentorship programs that enable young mentors who want to transform lives. They stand-up as role models, activity partners, friends, and help their mentees realize their full potential. Our volunteer mentors also go through their own transformations, developing leadership and social skills to become outstanding professionals and members of their communities.
Since 1976, we have developed our youth mentorship program from helping over 30,000 kids. Our evidence-based, customized program uniquely recruits, assesses, and matches youth based on personality, interests, and location. We take the time to get the match right. We also provide on-going training, 24-hour support for our mentors, and organize monthly activities to bring our matches together.
What we do works
Our peer mentoring program works. Our kids do better in school, they stay out of trouble, they turn around to give back to their communities, and many come back to be Youth Assisting Youth mentors themselves. There are many youth charities out there, but few carry over 40 years of proven successes.
We have a 98% percent success rate of keeping kids out of the criminal justice system and in school. But even with our successes, our need for volunteers and support is still great. We have over 400 kids waiting to be matched with a mentor, and we need your help.