January 7th is I Am a Mentor Day which is a day for volunteer mentors to celebrate their role and reflect on the ways mentees have enhanced their world.
Covenant House Vancouver’s Mentorship Program gives youth the opportunity to develop healthy and trusting one-to-one relationships with responsible adults. Mentors are adult role models who volunteer with us and commit to supporting a young person to achieve their goals over the course of one year.
To celebrate we invited our volunteer mentors to share their experiences of mentoring at Covenant House Vancouver.
“Volunteering as a mentor in the mentorship program has been a rewarding experience. It has taught me that while people are a product of their pasts, they can be masters of their futures. I enjoy the thoughtful conversations I have with my mentee and the relationship we’ve built.”
“I am motivated to give back and I believe that mentorship can make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. I had awesome mentors growing up and it made a huge difference for me”.
“I have learned so much from being a Mentor. It really changed the way I see some of the challenges in our society. Homelessness and trauma especially. I was also stunned to see the resilience of these youth. It was eye-opening, in the best possible way”.