Mentoring Youth

Mentorship is a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person (a ‘mentee’)…It is about an ongoing relationship of learning, dialog, and challenge. – Wikipedia

At Pathfinder, our clients have already faced more challenges than most – difficult home situations, abuse, addiction, incarceration or mental and physical health issues, to name a few – but they aren’t defined by their challenges. The young people who walk into our Centres are motivated by an inner resolve to find a way to complete their schooling, find a job and make a fresh start on their lives.

We believe the best way to help our clients is through one-on-one mentorship. It’s essential for each person to know that he/she is valued as a person and worth every bit of time and effort that PYCS can give to help him/her.

Each young person is paired with a PYCS mentor – a positive, caring, adult role model, who will help his/her ‘mentee’ create a pathway through current life challenges by:

providing referrals to the appropriate family, addiction and/or health support agencies;

assessing education gaps and find resources to help fill them;

providing direction for employment preparation and training; and

supporting successful entry into the labour force.

Through the bond of mentorship, our young people expand their horizons, increase their chances for success and serve as the role models for future PYCS clients