Y Mentors

PLEASE NOTE - Y Mentors will not be running in the fall of 2016, as we will be focusing on our GirlSpace program. We look forward to when we can operate Y Mentors again!


Y Mentors is a FREE group mentoring program provided by the YWCA Yellowknife and funded by the Canadian Women’s Foundation. It is a three-tiered mentoring program, which has adult mentors partnered with a junior mentor (14-17 years) and two to four girls (11-13 years) in a group setting. Activities are guided by the Special Projects Coordinator. Mentors are given specialized training throughout the course of the mentoring relationship. Mentoring young women will encourage healthy social development and will support the mentees in reaching their academic, career, and personal goals.

Y Mentors is looking for junior mentors (14-17 years old) for the new season of Y Mentors (September 2015-August 2016) See the application forms at the bottom of this page.

Please contact Ashley at 920-2777 ext 311 or at ashley@ywcanwt.ca for more information about the program.

Who is an Adult mentor?

  • An adult mentor is a woman (18+) who can commit to mentoring a group of 3-5 girls (Aged 11-17) for at least one year. Adult mentors have been trained in group mentoring best practices and want to share their wisdom as women.

Who is a Junior Mentor?

  • A junior mentor is a young woman (14-17 years old) who can commit to mentoring a group of 2-4 girls (Aged 11-13) for at least one year. All her time spent with Y Mentors fulfills her Comm. Hours for graduation.

Who is a Mentee?

  • A mentee is a girl who is 11-13 years old and con commit to meeting with a group for at least 1 year.

What Is The Role Of A Mentor?

  • Adult Mentors must commit to mentoring a group of 3-5 girls (ages 11-17) for at least one year.
  • Junior Mentors must commit to mentoring a group of 2-4 girls (Ages 11-13) for at least a year
  • Meet with mentees at every second week for 2 hours.
  • Junior Mentors must speak (call) with your adult mentor for a weekly check-in. During the check-in, you will strategize regarding activities and how to support your mentees.
  • Take the lead in supporting a small group of girls through an ongoing group mentoring relationship.
  • Serve as a positive role model.
  • Build relationships by planning and participating in activities together.
  • Strive for mutual respect
  • Build self-esteem and motivation
  • Help set goals and work toward accomplishing them

A Mentor Is NOT:

  • Not a parent.
  • Not a therapist.
  • Not there to “fix” the youth.
  • Not a bank or ATM.

Benefits of Mentoring For the Junior Mentor:

Becoming a mentor can enrich your life on a personal and professional level by helping you:

  • Get Comm. Hours—Your time with Y Mentors will fulfill your comm. hours for graduation!
  • Build your leadership skills – It helps you develop your ability to motivate and encourage others. This can help you become a better manager, employee, and team member.
  • Improve your communication skills – Because your mentees may come from a different background or environment, you may not "speak the same language." This may force you to find a way to communicate more effectively as you navigate your way through the mentoring relationship.
  • Learn new perspectives – By working with someone less experienced and from a different background, you can gain a fresh perspective on things and learn a new way of thinking – which can help in your work life as well as your personal life.
  • Advance your career – Refining your leadership skills can strengthen your school and on-the-job performance, perhaps helping you get that scholarship or promotion! Showing that you've helped others learn and grow is becoming more and more essential to advancement in today's world.
  • Gain personal satisfaction – It can be very personally fulfilling to know that you've directly contributed to someone's growth and development. Seeing your mentee succeed as result of your input is a reward in itself.

Source: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newCDV_72.htm

Benefits of Mentoring for the Mentees:

  • Girls with a mentor are 2.5X more likely to be confident in their ability to be successful in school!
  • Girls with a mentor are two times more likely to have high academic performance!
  • Girls with a mentor are two times less likely to bully, lie, express anger in unhealthy ways, or fight than girls without a mentor!

-Stats based on Centre for Addiction and Mental Health & Big Brother Big Sisters of Canada 2013 study