Volunteer Group Mentors

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 11:59pm
Contact name: 
Sewit Tamene

Pathways to Education, a program of Unison Health and Community Services, is a comprehensive program that helps students to finish high school and succeed in their future endeavours. We provide social, financial, academic and advocacy support to students.We have proven success:· In the Lawrence Heights Community (Allen Expressway & Lawrence Avenue West), “at-risk” students have decreased from 38.5% to 18.5% since the establishment of the program. · We have had three graduating classes of students and now have over 125 youth from Lawrence Heights and Neptune in Post-Secondary Education and/or meaningful employment

Volunteer Mentors will work in pairs or triads with small groups of grade 9/10 students, facilitating activities that build life skills and social skills. Activities will be prepared by the Program Facilitator – Group Mentoring (PF-GM) and distributed ahead of time. The PF -GM will be on hand at all times to support the Mentors in their work. Large group activities do occasionally occur and will be facilitated by the PF-GM  with support from the Mentors. Mentors provide feedback on the activities to the PF-GM at the end of each session. This position is a once a week time commitment in the evenings, 6:00-7:30pm Monday to Thursday for grade 9-10 students. We are seeking volunteers who can commit to attend weekly for the entire duration of the program which starts immediately and runs until May 2017. We have a strong need for male Mentors, although women are also encouraged to apply. If you are interested in learning more about our volunteer opportunities please contact Sewit (Program Facilitator - Group Mentoring) at sewit.tamene@unisonhcs.org

Training: Volunteers attend an orientation session followed by a training session incorporating material from various sources. Ongoing training, development, and support are provided throughout the school year.

Skills And Experience Required: Comfort approaching and conversing with young people, youth engagement skills, small group facilitation skills, adhering to the Unison Health and Community Services Anti-Oppression policy, operating from a non-judgemental place, able to work as a part of a team

Required language: English, but other is an asset (Somali, Oromo, Farsi, Spanish, Amharic, etc.)

Location: John Polanyi Collegiate Institute 640 Lawrence Ave W, North York, ON M6A 1B1

Transportation: Close to subway station
Close to bus or street car stop
Free parking available

Minimum age: 18

Minimum hours: 1.5 hours per week
6:00PM - 7:30PM

Task requirements: dexterity and agility
walking and standing
verbal communication
reading and writing

Accessibility: Accessible building  Accessible parking  Accessible washroom(s) 

Benefits: Community Service Letters Letters of Reference

Other Requirements:  Police Records Check


How to Apply / Contact

Pathways to Education is accepting volunteer mentors immediately and until May 2017. Please apply as early as possible to be selected for the current school year.


Sewit Tamene- Program Facilitator, Group Mentoring, Pathways to Education

Unison Health and Community Services

Lawrence Square

700 Lawrence Avenue West, Suite 326

Toronto, Ontario M6A 3B4

Phone (416) 787-6800, ext. 330

Cell (647) 206-0665

Fax (416) 640-0398