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High School Mentorship


Mentor a young woman in Grade 11 or 12 through the YWCA High School Mentorship program.

If you are a professional woman who has a few hours a month to spend with a female high school student, then YWCA Metro Vancouver wants you! Women from a variety of professions are needed to mentor Grade 11 and 12 female students in Vancouver and Coquitlam.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to share your professional knowledge and skills and help shape the career of a young woman in your community.

How does the program work?

When you volunteer to share your time and experience through the YWCA High School Mentorship program, you are matched with a student who has similar career interests. Matches meet monthly for 7 months from November to end of May the following year. Depending on the goals of each match, the mentor and mentee will decide together when and where they will meet, as well as their activities for their meetings.

Below are some of the activities that mentors and mentees have done together in our program:

  • Meet over coffee to chat about career goals and education plans
  • Tour the university/colleges
  • Research and discuss information about education programs/options
  • Talk about adjusting to university/college life
  • Arrange job shadowing (if appropriate)
  • Participate in recreational activities (working out, going to movies etc.)
  • Attend workshops, classes and events together

Who are the mentees?

The mentees that participate in the program are well adjusted, keen, motivated students who take part in the program through their school mentorship club. All the mentees are required to go through an application progress, and attend a 3-hour “Preparing for Mentorship” training before they are accepted into the program.

Who are the mentors?

Our volunteers are caring adults who are dedicated to helping in the professional development of young girls. Mentors understand the value of a positive adult friendship and the importance of role models in a young girl’s life. As a mentor they give their time to a young girl who can reaps the benefits from having an adult role model and career oriented woman to look up to and learn from.

By being a mentor, you can:

  • Help your mentee find out more about her dream job, and make better decisions regarding her future career plans
  • Support your mentee to pursue her career/education goals
  • Be a positive role model for your mentee
  • Help your mentee expand her horizon

What is the time commitment?

A mentor will commit to meeting with her mentee once a month, from November to end of May the following year.

A mentor typically spends a few hours once a month with her mentee on a one-to-one basis. The valuable friendship and bond that develops between a mentor and mentee can truly transform the career path and professional development of a young girl. In turn, mentors gain as much from the relationships as the mentees, often making life long friends.

How can I get involved?

To become a mentor you will need to:

  • Submit an application form
  • Attend an orientation / training session
  • Provide two references
  • Complete a Criminal Record Check at your local police
  • Be interviewed by the program manager

For more information, contact

Sioned Dyer
Coordinator, High School Mentorship Program
YWCA Metro Vancouver
535 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2E8
tel 604 895 5846
fax 604 684 9171
mentorship@ywcavan.org

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