When you’re young, your friends have a big influence on you. They have a lot of say in what music and clothing you like, the activities you do, and the choices you make. By harnessing the power of friendship, peer mentoring helps encourage healthy lifestyles for kids who need guidance and a helping hand.
The Peer Project matches youth mentors, ages 16-29, with newcomer and at-risk kids, ages 6-15, in a one-on-one peer mentoring relationship. The kids you can help face behavioural, social, emotional and cultural challenges. They’re good kids who need someone to talk to, look up to, and most importantly have fun with.
Our mentors are young people who want to change lives. They stand-up as role models, activity partners, friends, and help their mentees realize their full potentials. Our mentors also go through their own transformations, developing leadership and social skills to become outstanding professionals and members of their communities.
We have developed our mentoring program from helping over 30,000 kids since 1976. Our customized program uniquely recruits, assesses, and matches youth based on personality, interests, and location. We take the time to get the match right. We also provide on-going training, 24-hour support for our mentors, and organize monthly activities to bring our matches together.
Our peer mentoring program works. Our kids do better in school, they stay out of trouble, they turn around to give back to their communities, and many come back to be Peer Project mentors themselves.
We have a 98% per cent success rate of keeping kids out of the criminal justice system and in school. But even with our successes, our need for volunteers and support is still great. We have over 400 kids waiting to be matched with a mentor, and we need your help.