Fall 2020 Update:
Due to the impacts of the pandemic, this school year the Mentorship Program has been modified, and the one-to-one mentorships are on hold, while the “Lunch & Learn” events continue to be offered, but have moved to a virtual format.
Sponsored by TD and the Famous5 Ottawa, the Youville Centre Mentorship Program combines group mentoring for all Youville Centre students with one-to-one mentoring for students who are ready for a mentor/mentee relationship.
Monthly “Lunch & Learn” events bring professional women from the community to the centre to speak to all of our students on a variety of topics while they enjoy a nutritious lunch. Topics explored include: healthcare careers, legal careers, resiliency, goal setting, inspirational stories, and entrepreneurship. Once a month or more frequently if possible, mentor/mentee matches in our one-to-one mentorship program enjoyed lunch meetings off-site. Students enjoy building relationships with, and receiving encouragement from their mentors. We look forward to continuing to provide mentorship for our young moms in the future. We would like to thank everyone from the community who helped to make this program a success.
Volunteer mentors are pre-screened and have clear criminal reference checks. They are matched carefully by our multi-disciplinary team with students who are interested in, and ready for, this program. Mentors provide support and encouragement to our young mothers in the areas of parenting, career, and life balance. If you are interested in this program, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or submit an online mentorship application form to be added to the list of interested applicants when the one-to-one program resumes (we anticipate for the Fall of 2021).