Be a positive influence
in a youth's life.
Our kids are bright students (10-13 years old) who have lots of potential and need an extra challenge. Our mentors turn bright kids into stars. Our students want to learn how to research and make presentations on topics beyond the curriculum.
Mentors select the school of their choice and are matched based on interests and expertise to a student selected by teachers. The student selects the topic of their project. Topics include geology, physics, astronomy, art, fashion etc. A typical project runs for 10-12 weeks. For 1 hour per week, the mentor and student meet in the school, during school hours. Together they research and prepare a presentation that the student will give to their class. Mentors and students separately evaluate the mentoring program and provide feedback to improve delivery.
Who are typical mentors? Click Here
- retired and active professionals
- university students who wish to gain the experience of teaching
- employees whose companies release them to mentor on company time
- make a difference in a pre-teen's life
- use your own talents, skills and energy
- learn new skills (e.g. how to coach a young person)
- meet a pre-teen that is living in circumstances different than your own
- meet other mentors
You will receive support.
- Three-hour orientation workshop
- Assistance from school coordinators
- Attendance to project presentations other than of one's student
- Participation in the Annual Youth Conference at OISE, University of Toronto, if desired
- Availability of reference letters from PMC when requested
- Invitation to the annual Mentor Appreciation Lunch at the U of T Faculty Club
- Invitation to other PMC events