Providing children with the right kinds of experiences at the right times is critical to their development. Alberta’s schools and community organizations can build strong brains and strong citizens by connecting children with well-trained mentors who can support them as they learn and grow. Mentoring is an invaluable service provided by caring schools and community organizations across Alberta.
At its most basic level, mentoring assures a young person that there are adults who care about them and can help them deal with day-to-day challenges.
The Alberta Mentoring Partnership is dedicated to the success of mentoring organizations and programs across the province. We offer tools and resources to help mentors contribute to children’s better health and well-being.
Rather than focus on problem behaviours and risks, strength-based mentoring helps youth realize their strengths, identify and develop their leadership skills, and apply them in healthy, productive ways. Use this toolkit to strengthen in-school mentoring at the elementary or secondary levels, and help mentors look beyond problem behaviours to kids’ strengths and potential.
Download: Practice Guide
High school students make great mentors to younger kids. Give them the right tools and training to help them interact with younger children in positive ways that promote healthy development. This 3-resource toolkit helps students step into leadership roles as mentors.
Download: Handbook (New Revision!)
Download: Handbook (français)
Download: Activity Book
Download: Activity Book (français)
Download: Mentoring Bin Resources
Download: Mentoring Bin Resources (français)
This guide is a joint initiative between Alberta Education and Human Services to support improved school outcomes and high school completion rates for children and youth in provincial government care. Learn more about this initiative and find tips for educators and school administration to help kids succeed.
Download: Tips for Engaging with Young People
Download: Tips for Educators
Download: Tips for Youth Self advocacy
Download: Tips for Working Together
- The five Mentoring CTS courses are also available in French: https://education.alberta.ca/programmes-d%C3%A9tudes/
- Alberta Education CTS homepage @ www.education.alberta.ca/teachers/program/cts.aspx
- Click to Download This CTS Mentoring Courses Outline
Pathways to Mentoring: CTS Mentoring Courses
|COURSE HSS1050: INTRODUCTION TO MENTORSHIP||LEVEL: INTRODUCTORY|
|Prerequisite: None Description: Students learn about the characteristics of positive mentoring relationships in their personal lives and society. Students prepare to engage in a mentoring relationship. Students apply basic mentoring skills to a mentoring relationship and explore considerations for safety related to mentoring. Supporting Courses: HSS1030 Communicating Skills for Helping Relationships; HSS1040 Developing Maturity and Independence; HSS2020 Nurturing Children. Click to Download COURSE HSS1050 Intro to Mentoring|
|COURSE HSS2050: BECOMING A MENTOR||LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE|
|Prerequisite: HSS1050 Introduction to Mentorship Description: Students analyze the relationship of mentoring and the wellness of individuals and communities. Students build a personal profile to prepare for their role as a mentor and demonstrate mentoring skills. Supporting Courses: HSS1030 Communication Skills for Health Professionals; HSS2030 Perspectives on Interpersonal Relationships; HSS3050 Becoming a Mentee. Click to Download COURSE HSS2050 Becoming a Mentor|
|COURSE HSS3050: BECOMING A MENTEE||LEVEL: ADVANCED|
|Prerequisite: none Description: Students build a personal profile to engage as a mentee in a successful mentoring relationship to explore career and/or personal goals for citizenship or volunteering in their community. Supporting Courses: HSS1030 Communicating Skills for Health Professionals; HSS1050 Introduction to Mentoring. Click to Download COURSE HSS3050 Mentee|
COURSE HSS3060: EXTENDING THE MENTORING RELATIONSHIP
|Prerequisite: HSS2050: Becoming A Mentor Description: Students demonstrate effective strategies for enhancing resiliency in the context of a mentoring relationship. Students examine unique populations that commonly occur in communities and adapt mentoring activities to meet the needs of supported populations and cultural differences, including differences related to a first Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) perspectives. . Note: Successful completion of this course enables the student to apply for a certificate of completion for Foundations of Mentoring issued by the Alberta Mentoring Partnership in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters when they meet the standards and requirements specified. High students who have completed the CTS Mentoring course HSS 3060 “Extending the Mentoring Relations”, have been in a long term mentoring relationship and have completed the Online Mentor Training (AMP) can apply for a “Foundations in Mentoring” certificate by filling out the application click here. Supporting Courses: HSS1030 Communication skills for Health Professionals; HSS2030 Perspectives on Interpersonal Relationships; HSS3050 Becoming a Mentee; HSS3070 Peer Mentoring. Click to Download COURSE HSS3060 Extending Mentoring Relationship|
|COURSE HSS3070: PEER MENTORING||LEVEL: ADVANCED|
|Prerequisites: HSS1080 Leadership Fundamentals 1; HSS3050 Becoming a Mentee; HSS3060 Extending the Mentoring Relationship. Description: Students examine the Positive Youth Development Model and assist in the planning, facilitation and assessment of a peer mentoring program for a specific community. Parameters: Access to an existing Peer Mentoring program or a Peer Mentoring Program that is being initiated. Supporting Courses: CCS 3080 Community Enhancement; HSS1030 Communicating Skills for Health professionals; HSS1040 Developing Maturity and Independence; HSS2030 Perspectives on Interpersonal Relationships; HSS2080 Fundamentals of Leadership 2. Click to Download COURSE HSS3070 Peer Mentoring|
Download: Lesson Plan
Download: Lesson Plan
CTF challenge exemplars demonstrate how CTF learning outcomes can be brought to life in the classroom through relevant, student-focused learning experiences.
Download the templates here (Click the "Idea Generators" tab to expand the templates): https://education.alberta.ca/career-and-technology-foundations/ctf-challenges/everyone/ctf-challenges/
Online Mentor Training
Supporting volunteers to effectively mentor young people begins with initial and ongoing training. To support organizations in providing quality, standardized training, AMP has developed an online training program for mentors.